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Grad School Options [Jun. 12th, 2009|02:54 pm]
Deaf Education

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[mal_in_np]
I'm planning on going to grad school next year to get my masters in Deaf Education.  Does anyone have any opinions of the following grad programs (even though some schools are more obvious then others)?

CUNY Hunter
Columbia's Teachers College
Boston U
SUNY Buffalo
McDaniels (Maryland)
Gallaudet

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: jateke
2009-06-12 07:23 pm (UTC)
Depends on where you want to work. I do think that, among the Deaf community, Gally degree = instant cred.

...I might be a little biased, seeing as how I'm a Gallaudet graduate alum, Education, class of '07. :)

(And a little tiny FYI: McDaniel College does not have an "s" in its name.)
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[User Picture]From: mistakeswemake
2009-06-12 09:11 pm (UTC)
i agree about it depending on where you want to work. i graduated from the program at Teachers College and would say if you want to work in nyc it is highly respected because its Columbia. i'm sure that translates (at least in some settings) since its the highest ranked education school you listed, but if you're looking to work in an ASL environment it definitely wouldn't be the best choice.
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[User Picture]From: mal_in_np
2009-06-14 02:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I definitely want more of an ASL environment. I'll keep that in mind.
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[User Picture]From: slinky_girl
2009-06-13 03:02 am (UTC)
As stated above, depends on the specific philosophy you're looking for. For ASL-based programs I would suggest Gally or Boston University... and definitely Boston University for bi-bi philosophy. (I honestly don't know if Gally focuses on the bi-bi approach and if so, how much.) I attend BU so if you'd like any info about that program specifically, feel free to contact me. I honestly don't know anything about the programs at the other schools you mentioned. All I know is that when I was applying for grad school and asked among the Deaf community in regards to ASL-based programs, everyone told me to go with Gally or BU.
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[User Picture]From: mal_in_np
2009-06-14 02:13 am (UTC)
BU is one of my top choices, but I think it'll come down to 1) if I even get accepted, and 2) if I get any kind of financial assistance. I do admire their focus on bi-bi and ASL.
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[User Picture]From: slinky_girl
2009-06-14 05:25 am (UTC)
I'm sure you'll get accepted. The fiance part is usually the bigger issue for most. If you get accepted, but don't get enough financial help, my suggestion is to contact someone directly w/in the department and explaining that financial help could make or break your decision and see if they can help in some other way. Not that I'm saying they can/will, but give it a shot. I'll be paying off my loans for a while, but I feel it was worth it and have no regrets.

If you end up at BU, let me know! At some point you'll probably end up interning at the school I work at!

Good luck!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: mal_in_np
2009-06-19 12:07 am (UTC)
Hey, I have another question about BU's program. On their faq section, they said the grad program is 3 semesters. I was wondering if that is 3 semesters plus a semester of student teaching or 3 semesters in total with summer classes. Thanks again!
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[User Picture]From: slinky_girl
2009-06-19 12:14 am (UTC)
Three semesters WITH student teaching, not including summers. Basically, the summer before you *MAY* have some classes depending on your background (this has nothing to do w/ the 3 semesters, it's pre-requisite stuff). Then the fall and spring semesters you'll have classes, spring semester will also include part-time student teaching (1.5 days/week). Then you'll have the summer off and the following fall will be your full-time student teaching. This is all, of course, is you enter the program as a full-time student. Then you graduate in December as long as you get your final paper done in time.
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[User Picture]From: slinky_girl
2009-06-19 12:16 am (UTC)
Oh and because the program is so small... no, you can't take some classes over the summer to finish early or start mid-year. It's very specific and most, if not all, of the courses you take will only be offered certain semesters and have to be taken in a specific order. All full-time students start in the fall and go through the program together as a group.
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[User Picture]From: mal_in_np
2009-06-19 12:27 am (UTC)
Wow that was fast! Hrmm, three semesters does seem more financially manageable than four. I looked at the pre-req stuff and I would have to take 2 before the program started.
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[User Picture]From: slinky_girl
2009-06-19 12:39 am (UTC)
That's what happens... you go to BU, start teaching, and then have no life in the evenings during the week. Lol!!! ':oP

Not sure which two you're thinking you'll need, but if it doesn't include ASL, keep that one in the back of your mind as well. (Unless you KNOW you're a proficient signer already.) They can be fussy and have made people who have taken more advanced levels of ASL take the summer ASL class anyway. Overall it's a good thing, but of course it adds a bit to the cost. Then again, one class probably isn't going to make or break anyone.
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