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Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf), Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #93 (QS) Online
This Postgraduate Diploma provides a flexible opportunity for professional development in the area of deaf education.


Less intensive than the Masters route (see MA Deaf Education) this course allows you to qualify as a teacher of the deaf without the need for a dissertation.

Designed for individuals in work, the course allows you to learn through distance learning materials, which are supported by tutorials and regular day schools as well as two short residential stays which will allow you to learn from fellow students.

Drawing on your own experiences with deaf children, the course allows you to reflect upon this crtitically and relate your knowledge to current theories and research regarding childhood deafness, development and learning.


The School of Education has a national reputation both in teaching and research in the field of deaf education and draws students from all over England and Northern Ireland with a variety of experiences and knowledge, which you can also benefit from as part of our community.


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.

Programme Structure

Year 1 

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Educational Audiology (30 credits)
  • Learning and Teaching in Deaf Education (30 credits)

Year 2 

Compulsory module

  • Professional Skills: Learning, Teaching and Audiology (15 credits)

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Deafness and Development (30 credits)
  • Policy and Practice in Deaf Education (30 credits)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

A bachelor degree or equivalent qualification.

You will also need ...

·         - a teaching qualification (QTS, QTLS, Diploma in Education and Training)

·         - 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 Sign Language CACDP/ Signature/ iBSL Level 1 or equivalent

·         - access to local sign language tuition

·        - access to internet facilities for e-learning.

If English is not your first language you will also need an English language qualification.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee


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