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Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) MA
The MA Deaf Education Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (QToD) is a two-year programme leading to the Mandatory Qualification for Teacher of the Deaf for England and Wales, which is accredited by the Department for Education (DfE). This course is taught using blended learning, providing the opportunity to study both online and face to face. This provides the flexibility for you to balance your studies alongside your existing work and other commitments.
The dissertation, which is not required for qualified teachers of the deaf, may be undertaken in the second or third year and provides an to explore in depth an aspect of deaf education which you are particularly interested in. You will apply the knowledge and skills you will have developed during the programme to address an issue or question you have about your own practice or experience.
We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in this subject. See PGDip Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) for more information.
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 the UK with a variety of experiences and knowledge, which you can also benefit from as part of our community. The programme is led by national and international leaders as well as senior practitioners in the field.
You will work closely with peers and build a strong network of colleagues from across the UK, across a wide range of settings.
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. Dissertations will be supervised by experts in the field.
Our assessments are varied and designed to develop the skills you need in the field and updated in response to student feedback. From September 2023 assessed presentations may be delivered in British Sign Language (BSL).
All University based sessions are supported by BSL interpreters and notetakers.
We welcome suitably qualified deaf and hearing applicants and provide appropriate access and support arrangements for all students.
Bursaries are offered to UK Deaf Education schools or services funding more than one student per school or service in a single year. Find out more on our scholarships page..
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.
MA Deaf Education comprises six core modules delivered across two years, and a dissertation which may be completed in the second year or third year. All the modules are developed in conjunction with the new Mandatory Qualification (MQ) and you will build a portfolio of professional skills across the two years to demonstrate your proficiency against the required MQ competencies.
Central to the programme is an understanding of the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive, social and emotional development. It recognises the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives and that maximising engagement with curriculum must be the educational priority for all deaf learners whilst support their development as an individual who is deaf.
Through consideration of the roles of spoken and signed languages and increasingly sophisticated hearing technologies, you will develop a broad knowledge base and the skills to respond flexibly to deaf children’s dynamic and changing communication academic, social, and emotional needs. You will become a reflective and critical thinker equipped with the competencies to work with deaf children, their parents/carers and other professionals to prepare deaf learners for life as a deaf adult.
The dissertation will provide you with an opportunity to explore in depth an aspect of deaf education in which you are particularly interested. You will apply the knowledge and skills you will have developed during the course to address an issue or question you have about your own practice or experience.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
- Deafness and Development 30 credits
- Communication in Deaf Education 15 credits
- Deaf Education in Context 15 credits
- Educational Audiology 30 credits
- Facilitating Learning in Deaf Education 15 credits
- Professional Placement 15 credits
- Dissertation in Deaf Education 60 credits
Learning and teaching
Each semester comprises a study day or a short residential in Leeds, followed by online sessions, two live online tutorials and a live regional tutorial. Bespoke online meetings, phone, email and Teams support is also available from tutors.
We expect you to commit to the equivalent of one study day per week as a minimum for this programme – to be negotiated with your employer at the application stage. Some practical requirements of the programme are difficult to fulfil without this allocated time. We also ask you to identify someone in your school or service who will act as a mentor for you throughout the training.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment is through a combination of presentations, essays, critical reports, case studies and a practical skills portfolio that includes a minimum of 20 days assessed placement. Assessed presentations may be delivered in BSL.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree (hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent.
You will also need:
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Sskills (QTLS) (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.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
International – Thursday 29 June 2023
UK – Friday 18 August 2023
If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information we will need include:
Original or certified copies of your transcripts
Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language).
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
- UK: £10,750 (total)
- International: £10,750 (total)
Because you study this programme part-time, you’ll pay on a pro rata basis, splitting the cost equally across both years.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
This fee includes the cost of the two programme residentials. It does not include the cover and travel costs associated with programme attendance and teaching placements.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
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. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Partial fee scholarships are available to UK schools or services funding two or more students in a single year to the MA or PGDip Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) in the School of Education. Find out more about the scholarship for schools
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 programme also provides a route to further research and study at postgraduate level via an EdD or PhD route.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
For the Teacher of the Deaf award, a minimum 20-day assessed teaching placement is required. Additional days may be required depending on experience.
Professional Skills Portfolio
The Professional Skills: Learning, Teaching and Audiology module is compulsory if you are working towards the ToD qualification. The module allows you to acquire and demonstrate the range of practical and practice based skills that you need as a Teacher of the Deaf. It comprises three components:
This strand provides guidance for developing practical skills with audiological technology and its management within different educational settings.
This strand entails either one or two four-week teaching placements, depending on current and previous professional experience. At least one placement will be undertaken in an unfamiliar setting and be supported by a regional tutor.
- Professional Competencies
This portfolio contains details of the ToD competencies against which you will track your progress throughout the two-year course. It will also provide the means through which to identify objectives for continued professional development.