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Deaf Education By Distance Learning (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The Leeds programme offers an MA in Deaf Education over two years that combines face-to-face with online learning and support. The programme, approved by the Department for Education (DFE) to offer the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of the Deaf, integrates cutting-edge research knowledge with practitioner expertise to develop skilled, knowledgeable and critical practitioners.


The programme combines a strong research base with input from highly qualified and experienced practitioners in the field. It is delivered within a research intensive environment that prioritises working partnerships with schools/services and other stakeholders through collaborative research and professional development activities.

Central to the programme is an understanding that the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive development and access to the curriculum must be an educational priority for all deaf learners. Individual residual hearing and auditory potential must be carefully evaluated and regularly reappraised in relation to the communicative and educational demands of the context, so that advances in personal hearing technologies and the latest thinking on optimal classroom management can be put into practice.

Unique to this programme is recognition of the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives. Through consideration of the roles of sign and spoken languages and increasingly sophisticated hearing technologies in deaf children’s lives and education, you will develop a broad language base and the skills to respond flexibly to deaf children’s dynamic and changing communication needs.

Programme Structure

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

  • Educational Audiology explores the full audiological implications of deafness in both social and educational settings. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the auditory system and gain practical experience of assessment procedures, and the implementation of audiological support programmes. You will gain an understanding of the effective use of all classroom related audiological and amplification systems, and ways in which different technologies maximise the use of audition.
  • Learning and Teaching considers the implications of deafness for individual learning and achievement, and explores ways in which teaching, learning and assessment opportunities can be maximised to facilitate pupil progress. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of ways in which the environment and the use of technology can contribute to the learning experience. You will develop skills in individual planning and the monitoring and assessment of learning, and how this is shared with other professionals, parents and deaf learners.
  • Deafness and Development focuses on child and language development and the potential impact of deafness on early childhood experiences and development. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of the language, communication and interaction issues associated with childhood deafness, and implications for cognitive development and social- emotional well-being. You will develop skills in assessing and developing the language of deaf learners and flexible approaches to meeting the language needs of deaf learners in the classroom.
  • The Context of Deaf Education provides you with an in-depth understanding of the current legislative and educational context for deaf education. This includes current statutory frameworks as well as in-school evaluation and improvement processes. As part of this module you will have the opportunity to broaden your experience of the different types of settings in deaf education and to equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to support learners across the range of specialist and mainstream models of provision.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification.

You’ll also need:

  • Teaching qualification (QTS, QTLS, Diploma in Education and Training)
  • British Sign Language CACDP/Signature Level 1 or equivalent
  • Relevant and current experience of working in deaf education (normally two years’ experience)
  • Access to school/service audiological resources and support
  • Access to internet facilities for email and online learning
  • Access to local sign language tuition.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Bursaries are offered to UK Deaf Education schools/services funding more than one student per school/service in a single year to the part-time MA Deaf Education (TOD) programme. For schools/services funding 2 students to start the programme in September 2019, a 5% bursary towards the part-time Deaf Education programme tuition fee per student per year will be applied. For schools/services sending more than 2 students to start the programme in September 2019, a 10% bursary towards the part-time Deaf Education programme tuition fee per student per year will be applied. 

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