Taught course

Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) by Distance Learning

University of Leeds · School of Education

Entry requirements

The following are required for admission on this course: A first degree or equivalent qualification; A prior teaching qualification; Two years' relevant teaching experience; British Sign Language CACDP Level 1; Enhanced CRB clearance or current employment as a serving teacher. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have access to e-mail and internet facilities, school/service audiological support and sign language tuition.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Education has a national reputation for the MA in Deaf Education, which recognises the importance of BSL as a language and the central role of deaf adults in the education of deaf children.

The course offers flexible routes to qualifications in Deaf Education through the provision of an MA in Deaf Education, which may be taken with or without the mandatory Teacher of the Deaf qualification (TOD).

As a whole, the course addresses the fundamental issues of language development, communication, achievement and good practice and aims to provide teachers of the deaf with the specialist knowledge and skills they need to work across a range of settings in deaf education.

The programme focuses on the importance of developing age-appropriate language, whether signed or spoken, where visual-gestural language is considered as strength rather than a weakness.

A central theme of this provision is that that the establishment of effective communication as a basis for cognitive development and access to the curriculum must be an educational priority for all deaf children.

Who is the course for:

The MA in Deaf Education (TOD) will interest deaf and hearing teachers wishing to gain the mandatory TDA approved Teacher of the Deaf qualification.

The MA in Deaf Education (without TOD) is aimed at teachers of the deaf who wish to further their professional development but who do not require the mandatory Teacher of the Deaf Qualification.

The School of Education actively encourages suitably qualified deaf applicants and provides appropriate access and support arrangements.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For further information about joining the University as an international student, visit our website.

Fees and funding

The School of Education offers scholarships for UK or EU Deaf Education schools or services funding more than one student per school/service in a single year to the part-time MA Deaf Education (TOD) programme. Find out more.

University scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students. Find out more

Qualification and course duration


12-24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)113 343 4602