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Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) MA

Course content


MA Deaf Education (with ToD) is taught over two years through a combination of face-to-face and online learning.

Approved by the Department for Education (DfE) to offer the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of the Deaf, the programme integrates cutting-edge research knowledge with practitioner expertise to develop skilled, knowledgeable and critical practitioners.

All students are enrolled on the MA Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) programme, and they may choose to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf).

The MA Deaf Education (without the Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) qualification) follows the same core modules but does not require completion of the Professional Skills: Learning, Teaching and Audiology module (for all non UK based students).

Course content

MA Deaf Education comprises four core modules delivered across two years, and a dissertation. Your first module will be either Deafness and Development or Educational Audiology, depending on when you commence your studies.

If you are working towards the Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) award, you will also build a portfolio of professional skills throughout the two years. This applied aspect of the programme allows you to acquire and demonstrate the mandatory teaching, communication and audiological skills required of a ToD.

Central to the programme is an understanding of the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive, social and emotional development. It recognises of the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives and that maximising engagement with curriculum must be the educational priority for all deaf learners.

Individual auditory potential must be carefully evaluated and regularly reappraised for all deaf children. Consideration is, therefore, given to the range of communicative and educational demands of the different contexts in which children learn so that advances in personal and assistive hearing technologies, combined with acoustic environment management, can be optimised for deaf learners.


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Educational Audiology
  • Learning and Teaching in Deaf Education

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Please note - Students studying for the Teacher of the Deaf award will study the Professional Skills: Learning, Teaching and Audiology module in both Year 1 and Year 2, but credits (15 credits in total) will not be awarded until Year 2.

  • Professional Skills: Learning, Teaching and Audiology (required for Teacher of the Deaf award)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Deafness and Development
  • Policy and Practice in Deaf Education

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Professional Skills: Learning, Teaching and Audiology (required for Teacher of the Deaf award)
  • Dissertation in Deaf Education (required for Masters level awards)

Learning and teaching

Each core module comprises a study day or a short residential in Leeds, followed by twelve online taught sessions, two online tutorials and a regional tutorial. Bespoke online meetings, phone, email and Skype support is also available from tutors. 

We expect you to commit the equivalent of a study day per week to this programme -- to be negotiated with your employer at the application stage. Some practical requirements of the programme are difficult to fulfil without this allocated time. We also ask you to identify someone in your school or service who will act as a mentor for you throughout the training.


We assess the four core modules and dissertation through written assignments. The Professional Skills Portfolio is practically assessed and includes a minimum of a four-week supervised teaching placement.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read  Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

  • International students: 30 June
  • UK/EU students: 31 July


Documents and information we will need include:

  • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
  • Details of two referees.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
  • International: £8,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Because you study this programme part-time, you’ll pay on a pro rata basis, splitting the cost equally across all three years.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Bursaries are offered to UK or EU Deaf Education schools or services funding more than one student per school or service in a single year to the part-time MA Deaf Education (TOD) programme.

For further details see our scholarships page.

Career opportunities

MA Deaf Education provides Teachers of the Deaf with the specialist knowledge and skills they need to work across a range of settings in deaf education, and provides the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf in England and Wales.

Graduates from the course have taken up a range of positions in specialist support services and schools. Many have subsequently progressed to management and leadership roles.

The programme also provides a route to further research and study at postgraduate level via an EdD or PhD route.

Visit the Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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