University of Leeds School of Education

University of Leeds

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

This programme offers a route to the mandatory TDA-approved Teacher of the Deaf qualification should students wish to obtain the qualification, and is aimed at both deaf and hearing teachers; the school actively encourages suitable qualified deaf applicants, and provides appropriate access and support arrangements; the programme addresses the fundamental issues of language development, communication, achievement and good practice and provides 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 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; this school delivers the programme through distance learning materials, supported by regional tutorials and regular day schools.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a 1st degree in a relevant discipline, in addition to a prior teaching qualification and 2 years relevant teaching experience;

candidates will also need British Sign Language CACDP Level 1, and enhanced Criminal Record Bureau clearance, or current employment as a serving teacher;

applicant should have access to e-mail and internet facilities, school/service audiological support and sign language tuition.

Course modules

Core modules: The context of deaf education; deafness and development; critical study (deaf education); professional skills portfolio (teacher of the deaf); optional modules: educational audiology; learning and teaching in deaf education.

Sponsorship information

Some scholarships available for both UK/EU and International Students.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 2,805 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0113 343 4550