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MEd in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Listening and Spoken Language Emphasis

The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Deaf Education teacher training program at USU prepares students to earn a Master of Education degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, the Utah 0-5 Early Childhood Special Education Teaching License and the Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) Endorsement.  The program provides graduate students with the knowledge and skills to provide family-centered services to young children who are DHH to develop listening and spoken language.


The LSL program offers a unique and progressive approach to graduate training in which students in LSL Deaf Education, Speech-Language Pathology, and Pediatric Audiology learn together to develop the skills and competencies to provide collaborative, evidence-based and family-centered services. 

Hands-On Practicum

In this interdisciplinary cohort, students in LSL Deaf Education, Speech-Language Pathology, and Audiology have hands-on practicum experiences every semester of the program in the USU campus-based early intervention and preschool program, called Sound Beginnings, in the USU Pediatric Audiology Clinic, or other approved off-site programs.

Distance Learning Option

The LSL Deaf Education program welcomes students who are not campus-based to earn the M.Ed. through distance learning. For eligibility to participate in the distance program, students must have access to an approved early intervention or educational facility to fulfill practicum requirements. Students must currently hold, or be in the process of earning, the appropriate teaching license for their state.

Program Duration

Program completion for the LSL Deaf Education M.Ed. is two-years, requiring competencies consistent with the CEC/CED Professional Standards that guide family-centered, evidence-based practices. This program is a participant in the Western Regional Graduate Exchange program (WRGP) allowing eligible students from participating states to pay resident tuition.

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Contact the Advisor

Mason Hayes

Mason Hayes

Graduate Program Coordinator / Graduate and Deaf Education Academic Advisor

Phone: 435-797-9094
Office Location: Lillywhite 148

Admission to the Program

Application Deadline: March 15th for Fall Admission


Find tuition information on the Registrar’s site.


Background/undergraduate in Special Education, Communicative Disorders, FCHD or related field.

Admission Information

  • GPA: 3.0 or better for last 60 credits
  • Completed Application: USU Graduate School USU Graduate School Application.
  • Personal Interview: May include: attitude, work ethic, clinical and scholarly achievements, professional leadership aptitude and personal integrity may be considered.