Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 66 Credits


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The Boston University master of education (EdM) in Deaf Education offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares deaf educators using a multilingual ASL/English approach centered on the belief that all Deaf children have a right to learn a sign language like ASL as a natural and accessible first language. You will receive a well-rounded education and be prepared for Massachusetts initial licensure as a teacher of the Deaf. All of the core courses are taught in ASL, with interpreters and other accommodations as needed.

The master’s program in Deaf Education offers three specialty areas: Early Childhood Education, Teaching DeafDisabled Students, and Teaching ASL as a First Language. Alternatively, you can create your own specialization in collaboration with your advisor. The core coursework will provide you with a foundation in supporting language acquisition for deaf children, creating and teaching ASL texts, curriculum planning and assessment, and advocating for equity and justice in deaf education. This two-year program begins during the summer.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

Half of the Deaf Education faculty at BU Wheelock are deaf, and all are fluent in ASL. They conduct cutting-edge research on sign language acquisition, have developed some of the best curricula in deaf education, and have created some of the most widely viewed ASL literary works in the world.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the EdM in Deaf Education at BU Wheelock are committed to working toward an educational system where all deaf children have access to language and the opportunity to thrive. While the emphasis of the program is on preparing teachers of early childhood, elementary, and middle grade students, graduates of the master’s program have gone on to a variety of careers.

  • Teachers at bilingual schools for deaf children
  • Principals and directors at deaf schools
  • Visual storytellers
  • Advocate

More Information about the EdM in Deaf Education

Field-Based Experiences

Each semester, students in the master’s in Deaf Education have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a classroom in a different deaf school, for a total of five unique field experiences.


The EdM in Deaf Education prepares all students for initial licensure as a teacher of the Deaf. Students specializing in early childhood education and teaching DeafDisabled students can earn a second license in their area of specialization.

Graduate Admissions

For questions about application requirements, deadlines, and more, the Graduate Admissions team has answers. Sign up for an upcoming information session or start your application to BU Wheelock today!

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