Master of Teaching in Deaf and Hard Hearing Education (Online)

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Nanci Scheetz Fall Semester: July 15

Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy

Email: nascheet@valdosta.edu Spring Semester: November 15

Graduation Requirements

Phone: 229-333-5611

Summer Semester: April 15

Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading & Deaf Education Website

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. VSU has a "no forgiveness" policy when calculating GPAs.  Applicants not meeting the required GPA may be eligible for admission by an alternative pathway (see below).

Passing scores or evidence of exemption eligibility on the GACE Program Admissions or GACE Basic Skills

  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or GACE Basic Skills Assessment or a qualifying exemption.
  • Qualifying exemptions include minimum scores on the ACT, GRE, and SAT

Completed Transcript Evaluation

  • Must have completed transcript evaluation on file and evidence of satisfying all specified prerequisite content coursework.  
  • Contact program coordinator for information on completing this requirement. 

Two Recommendations 

(General recommendation form required)

  • From professionals familiar with your professional or academic background.

Personal statement

  • Statement explaining what has led to your decision to become an educator. 
  • The statement should be no longer than 300 words. 

Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

ADMISSION BY ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY REQUIREMENTS

1. Must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale AND meet requirements for one of the following alternative pathways:

  • Alternative Pathway 1: Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree (i.e. 3000 and 4000 level coursework); or
  • Alternative Pathway 2: Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate coursework (must have completed at least 6 credit hours of graduate work in which a letter grade was awarded); or
  • Alternative Pathway 3: Have an undergraduate GPA earned ten or more years prior to admission.

2. Must have a competitive score on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  Recommended minimum scores:

  • GRE: Verbal - 143 and Quantitative 138 (or 750 combined if taken before August 1, 2011)
  • MAT: 375

3. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university.

4. Passing scores or evidence of exemption eligibility on the GACE Program Admissions or GACE Basic Skills.

5. Completed transcript evaluation on file and evidence of satisfying all specified prerequisite content coursework.

6. Two recommendations (form required) from professionals familiar with your professional or academic background.

7. Personal statement (no longer than 300 words) explaining what has led to your decision to become an educator. 

Important Program Information

  • Transcripts must document a content concentration consisting of fifteen (15) semester hours of academic content that conforms with the GAPSC preparation requirements for content concentrations in middle grades.

  • To complete the program students must be working in a classroom, or be able to spend 20 hours per week as a classroom volunteer or para-professional, with a deaf/hard of hearing student population.

  • Individuals seeking initial teacher certification can obtain certification and the Master's degree through this program. 

  • Individuals who already hold clear, renewable teaching certification are not eligible for this program. Please contact the program coordinator with any questions.

  • Before entering the program, prospective students must demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).  Prerequisite coursework at the undergraduate level may be required. Additionally, before taking some of the core courses in the program, students must provide verification of the SLPI (Speech Language Proficiency Interview) at an Intermediate Level.  Before applying, applicants should contact the program coordinator for details.

International Applicants 

The M.A.T. program is fully online. Due to Homeland Security guidelines, student visas cannot be issued for fully online programs.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5

 

 

 

  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu  or lfdecarlo@valdosta.edu

 

 

 

  • Visit Us:Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

 

 

 

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