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Smith College/Clarke Graduate Program in Teacher Education

A Historic Partnership

Clarke has been preparing teachers in the field of auditory/oral education for over a hundred years. In 1962, Clarke partnered with Smith College to establish an advanced academic degree, the Master of Education of the Deaf. Nearly 1,500 teachers have graduated from the program since it first began and have gone on to serve children who are deaf and hard of hearing in 50 states and 34 foreign countries.

Smith College/Clarke Graduate Program in Teacher Education for the Deaf and Hard of HearingAbout the Program

The degree requires 42 semester hours of course work and practicum experiences, and takes a minimum of one academic year and one summer to complete. Thanks to a generous, private foundation grant, Smith College is able to award full-tuition scholarships to all participants in this program. Room and board fellowships funded by endowments and federally insured loans are also available to qualified students.

Program emphasis is on an auditory/oral approach in working with children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants or hearing aids. Courses include study in language development, anatomy and physiology of hearing and speech mechanisms, communication science and skill development, multimedia education technology, professional ethics, psychology, and planning and implementation of education programming for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

An Immersion Experience

Whether working in the dormitory on the weekends, helping out with the school musical, or chaperoning a ski club trip to the mountains, graduate students are brought right into the Clarke community and have an academic experience like no other. Clarke graduate students live and learn on a campus where they get to know the faculty and students. Graduate students work with children at several academic levels, from preschool through middle school, both in the classroom and in the communication lab. Graduate students also complete two three-week practicums at other schools or programs to broaden their experience.

How to Apply

Applicants need to have an academic background that reflects knowledge of child growth and development and the teaching/learning process. This must include coursework in the reading process and/or reading instruction. Undergraduate or graduate preparation in education, communication disorders, or linguistics is desirable. Rolling admissions for this program runs from December 1st to April 1st of each year for entry the following summer. Applicants will be required to submit: the formal application, the application fee ($60), an official transcript of the undergraduate record, letters of recommendation from instructors at the undergraduate institute, scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test, and a paper written in an advance undergraduate course. Applicants who are from non-English speaking countries must submit official results of the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Learn More

For more information, contact Smith College Graduate Programs at 413.585.3050 or