Department of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education: Degrees
The Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (DSDE) supports instruction, research, and service, the primary mission areas of Lamar University, through the degree programs offered. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Sign Language (ASL) for students interested in pursuing work in the teaching of ASL in EC-12 grades. The undergraduate major is also a suitable foundation program for a graduate specialization, state license, and/or national certification within the professional field of deaf education. This program of study is accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).
Transfer students or students who wish to enter the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (DSDE) programs by change of major must meet admission requirements or a have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 or better. Grades of "D" are not acceptable as course completion for required classes in departmental majors, nor are they acceptable as course completion for classes to be used as professional electives by student majors within the department.
Lamar University reserves the right to modify degree requirements and teaching certificate requirements in keeping with legislative acts and rules established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Board for Educator Certification.
All majors in this department must complete the basic Core Curriculum requirements of Lamar University as their academic foundation course work. Faculty advisors will provide direction to the student concerning departmental requirements within the Core Curriculum when course choices are available to meet the University's Core curriculum requirements.
The Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education requires all transfer, freshmen-level, and senior-level students to see a faculty advisor within the department. Further, the department strongly encourages all students to seek academic advisement from the faculty for efficient matriculation through the undergraduate program.