Admissions Requirements - Deaf Education


  • Free Online Application - The application includes a maximum 250 word essay describing how this program ties into your professional goals.  Explain your prior experience and interest in deafness, deaf people, and/or teaching in deaf education area.  In your essay, describe in detail your experience with ASL, a Signed English System, or Cued Speech.  This can be submitted in the essay section.

  • Official Bachelor's Degree Transcript. Unofficial or in progress transcripts are acceptable to begin the admissions review process. Applicants for the Fall 2016 semester and beyond will be expected to have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA will undergo additional review.
  • Test Scores

For candidates who already possess an initial teaching certification and are pursuing entrance into a professional certification MS program, a standardized test score is required. Candidates can submit GRE, MAT, or ALST test scores to complete this requirement. Contact admissions staff with questions.  

For candidates pursuing entrance into an initial certification teaching program, a standardized test score is required.  Candidates can submit GRE, MAT, SAT, or ACT test scores to complete this requirement. Contact admissions staff with questions.

  • Evidence of current or pending teaching certification
  • Personal interview with the program director.

Additionally, Canadian applicants should provide unofficial high school transcripts if you have OAC/grade 13 credits.  OAC/grade 13 courses may count toward prerequisites in your program of study.

Additional Requirements for International Students
  • Canadian and other international applicants must provide a completed Certification of Finances Form. 
  • International students who have completed university coursework outside the U.S. and Canada are required to have their transcripts and degrees evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) 
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score, or a CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score. 

TOEFL:    79 IBT or 550 PBT
IELTS:    6.5 overall
CAEL:    70 overall

  • Students from Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are waived from the language proficiency requirement.
  • Student who completed a 4 year degree (on campus) at a U.S. college/university are waived from the language proficiency requirement.  
All items can be mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Canisius College
Graduate Admissions Office - Lyons Hall 120
2001 Main Street 
Buffalo, NY 14208

Fax - 716-888-3290

Email - 

Questions? Contact Us at 1-800-950-2505 or 1-716-888-2545

  • A completed application should be submitted as soon as possible in order for applicants to be admitted for the fall semester of the year they desire to begin classes. Those applicants without prior teacher certification courses may choose to take the necessary additional certification coursework in summer sessions or during the fall or spring semesters.

If you have been an inactive student for two years or more, please complete a Re-admit Form.