Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Daniel Douglas

Second Advisor

Stefanie Wong


When deaf education formally began in the United States in 1817, it started as an entirely new concept. Founders of the American School for the Deaf, Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc, introduced numerous teaching methods during this time, the most prominent being American Sign Language (ASL). While the public did not know much about deaf education, Clerc and Gallaudet worked diligently to ensure that they educated the public on the importance of deaf education. Thus, this thesis ponders what public perceptions of deaf education and relevant teaching methods of deaf education were like through an in depth historical analysis of the past 200 years. It will discuss deaf education's tumultuous history by explaining key issues that occurred in the 19th, 20th, and 21st century and explain the implications of these events. This paper will ultimately end with recommendations to propel the future of deaf education in order for it to effectively continue and prosper.