Rochester Institute of Technology

A partnership has been established between SUNY Cobleskill and NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) through which we would hold 1-2 places for students from SUNY Cobleskill each year in our Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSSE) program. 


Master of Science degree including:


  • Initial Certification from New York State to teach in an academic subject area at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Subject areas include Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Math, Physics, Social Studies or American Sign Language
  • Initial certification from New York State in education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, grades K-12
  • Provisional certification from the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) in education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing


SUNY Cobleskill students who enter the MSSE program at RIT and wish to become certified for early childhood (or childhood) education will need to go through BOCES or the NYS Education Department (Dr. Gerry Bateman, Director of the MSSE program usually refers the students to BOCES).  He advises the students as to what they would need to do to complete this process. He can only recommend students for certification to teach Deaf/Hard of Hearing students (K-12), English, Social Studies, Math, Physics, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and ASL.


  • 30 semester credits, with a grade of “C” or better, in one of the following disciplines:
    - English
    - Social Studies (or History)
    - Math
    - Science
    - ASL
  • Students should have a minimum of a “B” average (3.0 cgpa) cumulative
  • Students should have a basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) as measured by a departmental skills assessment, or willingness to take American Sign Language I, or its equivalent, at NTID or another college prior to beginning the program (proficiency in ASL is NOT required for admission to the program). All students are required to achieve at least a rating of “Intermediate” on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) before graduating from the MSSE program.


For more information, read the full “partnership” agreement