CAGS in Education of the Deaf
This program is on moratorium until further notice.
The CAGS sequence in Education of the Deaf is typically a one-year, full-time specialization (36 credits) for students who wish to enhance their current careers by acquiring knowledge and experience in Deaf Studies or Deaf Education, or to attain the background necessary for further graduate study or a career change. (Individuals with no background in Deaf Studies or Deaf Education are required to take additional courses, which may extend the program.) The coursework is based on the streamlined version of the requirements for obtaining licensure in Deaf Education. The program is designed for students who are interested in working in various fields related to Deaf Education. This program does not lead to licensure nor does it lead to a master’s degree.
The CAGS takes into account the background and training those individuals bring to the program. We traditionally prepare graduate students who wish to gain expertise in the following areas: ASL knowledge, Deaf culture and history, Deaf literature, literacy, learning, or bilingual education of the Deaf.
Those individuals who have a master’s degree in a field unrelated to Deaf Studies or who have a degree in Deaf Education from another institution are required to take the following classes.
Prerequisite Courses (for all applicants)
- SED DE 300 Introduction to the Deaf World (4 cr)
- SED DE 350 Deaf History and Culture (4 cr)
- SED DE 386 Applied ASL (2 cr)
- SED LS 565 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
- SED LS 566 Language of Acquisition
- Research course (4 cr)
Coursework in American Sign Language, language acquisition, and general education is required before entering graduate-level courses. Some prerequisites may be offered at Boston University in the summer. Others may be taken during the course of the program. Students are required to meet these prerequisites by taking the required classes at Boston University or by providing proof of equivalent coursework taken at another institution.
For applicants who have a master's in an unrelated field (42–44 credits total)
Required Courses (for unrelated fields)
- SED DE 672 Sign Language Structure (4 cr)
- SED DE 691 Advanced Seminar: Learning and the Deaf (2 cr)
- 5 additional courses from CAGS core courses (20 cr)
- SED DE 551 Teaching Deaf Literature and Visual Arts
- SED DE 572 Social Psychology and the Deaf World
- SED DE 575 ASL Development in Deaf Children
- SED DE 576 Bilingual ASL/English Development, Assessment, and Planning for Deaf Children
- SED DE 577 ASL/English Bilingual Instruction
- SED DE 578 ASL/English Literacy Instruction
- SED LS 727 Topical Seminar in Literacy, Language & Cultural Studies (variable cr)
- Two independent study courses (6 cr)
- One elective course (4 cr)
For applicants who are currently licensed in Education of the Deaf and seeking CAGS degree (36 credits total)
Currently licensed teachers seeking additional training to become an educational specialist or literacy specialist often find the CAGS program a good fit.
- SED DE 691 Advanced Seminar: Learning and the Deaf (2 cr) (required)
- 6 courses (24 cr) that align with the subject specialization agreed upon with the advisor
- 2 electives (8 cr)
- One independent study course (2 cr)
ASL Language Proficiency Requirements
Competency in American Sign Language is required prior to entry to the program. Coursework is offered in American Sign Language to develop a level of performance and competency required for the entrance to the program. Students must complete an ASL proficiency examination to participate in the program and score at intermediate + or above on the ASLPI rating.
CAGS Graduation Requirements
All CAGS applicants will meet with their advisor to discuss, plan, and design a major research paper or thesis based on the specialized field.
CAGS candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination as a part of the CAGS degree. Students must file a formal application for the examination with the Program Director and faculty advisor. This is typically done in concert with DE 691 Advanced Seminar: Learning and the Deaf.