Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification)

University of Leeds

24 months
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Taught over two years through a combination of face-to-face and online learning, this Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) course at University of Leeds leads to an MA in Deaf Education with the option of a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) qualification, approved by the Department for Education (DfE).


Students will benefit from a combination of day schools and regional tutorials with online learning and virtual tutorial support. The taught sessions include readings and tasks designed to consider theoretical perspectives, reflecting current research within a rapidly changing dynamic field and the implications for practice.

Deaf children’s language experience and development is fundamental to the degree and is embedded through all aspects of the course, as well as receiving specific consideration in the deafness and development and educational audiology modules.

The MA Deaf Education (ToD) integrates cutting-edge research knowledge with practitioner expertise to develop skilled, knowledgeable and critical practitioners.

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 Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) course at University of Leeds also provides a route to further research and study at postgraduate level via an EdD or PhD route.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Educational Audiology
  • Learning and Teaching in Deaf Education
  • Professional Skills: Learning, Teaching and Audiology (required for Teacher of the Deaf award)
  • Deafness and Development
  • Policy and Practice in Deaf Education
  • Dissertation in Deaf Education

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree (hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent.

    You will also need:

    • a teaching qualification (QTS, QTLS, Diploma in Education and Training) (required for Teacher of the Deaf award)

    • two years of teaching experience or experience of working with deaf children in educational settings

    • access to a school or service's audiological resources and support

    • British (or local) Sign Language CACDP/ Signature/ iBSL Level 1 (required for Teacher of the Deaf award) or equivalent

    • access to local sign language tuition

    • access to internet facilities for e-learning

Tuition Fee


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. 

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Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification)
University of Leeds