Apr 12, 2024  
General Catalog 2023-2024 
General Catalog 2023-2024

Deaf Education, M.A.

Master of Arts Degree Requirements Deaf Education

The Deaf Education Master of Arts degree is considered essential for the professional training needed for effective practice in deaf education or speech-language pathology. The Master of Arts degree generally involves two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

The graduate program is open to students with Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies or related bachelor’s degrees who have demonstrated the ability to excel at an advanced level as well as indicated great potential for success in academic work and clinical work. In order to be considered for admission to the graduate program, the applicant needs to submit the following: (1) transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units of any coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSDS coursework; (2) three letters of recommendation; (3) a letter of intent; and (4) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

Consideration for admission may include but will not be limited to the following: (1) students with outstanding clinical potential, (2) students with disabilities, and (3) students with multicultural or bilingual experience.

Applicants who have specific deficiencies or need coursework may be accepted with conditionally classified status. Students must apply to the department for fully classified graduate standing as soon as any conditions of acceptance have been met. No more than 10 units of graduate work taken under conditional classification can be used to meet the requirements of the Master of Arts degree.

Admission Procedures

To apply for graduate study in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies, you need to apply to the university and to the department. Our deadlines for application may differ from those published by the University; contact the department office at 559.278.2423 for the current application deadlines.

Step 1. Apply to the University

For more information about applying to a graduate program at the university, please visit the Graduate Admissions page for a list of helpful links.

  1. Submit your application online via Cal State Apply. You will select the Masters Degree in Deaf Education.
  2. Submit one official transcript from each college that you attended after highschool to the university. Information about submitting your transcripts to the university can be found on the Transcripts Requirement page.  Do not send transcripts to the department office.
  3. Submit one copy of GRE scores to Fresno State Graduate Admissions. The school code is 4312. (These scores will go directly to the university and not the Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies Department.) For more information about there, go to http://www.ets.org/gre for their home page.

Step 2. Apply to the Department

You will be required to submit the following online via Cal State Apply:

  1. Statement of Purpose (aka: Letter of Intent). See Department website for more information.
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation. Once you enter Cal State Apply, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of 3 individuals who will provide letters of recommendation electronically.
  3. Additional optional or required documents, as specified in Cal State Apply.

Advancement to Candidacy

Each student in a Master of Arts degree program must file for advancement to candidacy. See Admissions and Master of Arts Degree Programs, Division of Research and Graduate Studies.

Graduate-Level Writing Competence

California State University, Fresno requires that students have graduate-level writing abilities before being advanced to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree. Students can demonstrate these abilities by passing the writing component of CSDS 203  and obtaining written clearance from the instructor. If GWR clearance is denied, students may appeal to the course instructor. Please see the CSDS Graduate Handbook for more information.


Any 3-unit, one semester statistics course (lower division, upper division, or graduate level) is required to complete the Master of Arts in Deaf Education. Students are encouraged to take the course during their senior year. Exceptions may be made with the consent of their faculty advisor.

Grade Requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Arts degree, a student must have maintained a B average with no more than two C grades on the approved Program of Study. Once a student has received three Cs at any point in the graduate program, he or she will automatically be disqualified from the graduate program.

Total: 36 Units

Student Teaching and Internship

Students are required to take their final student teaching and internship (e.g. CSDS 258  and CSDS 268 ) during the last two semesters of their approved Program of Study and within the last 12 units of graduate coursework. Earlier final student teaching and internships are not permitted in the Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies Department.

Culminating Experience

A culminating experience is required of all California State University, Fresno students earning Master of Arts degrees. This requirement is accomplished by completing a thesis, project, or comprehensive written exam.

Certification by Council on Education of the Deaf and Education Specialist: DHH Credential

In addition to the requirements for the Master of Arts degree, students will have clinical experiences. CSDS 260  (3 units), CSDS 258  (6 units), CSDS 268  (6 units).

For students specializing in deaf education, completion of the master’s degree fulfills all the academic and clinical practicum requirements for Provisional Certification by the Council on Education of the Deaf, the national organization responsible for certifying teachers of the deaf. Professional level certification is available following three years of successful teaching under the supervision of a professionally certified educator of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. All students are encouraged to acquire national certification.