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Teacher and student develop sign language skills.

Education of the Deaf

Prepares teachers who can address the diverse educational and communication needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Majors may serve as teachers in self-contained classrooms or as resource and/or itinerant teachers for mainstreamed students.


A comprehensive communication philosophy is applied to educational methods and approaches for teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students who use American Sign Language or spoken language.

Academic courses related to deaf and hard-of-hearing students consider literacy methods, language development, American Sign Language, aural-oral communication, teaching methods, classroom management and inclusion practices.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Arts (BA) available with this major.

More about this Major


Students who complete this bachelor’s degree can work in local school systems and schools for the deaf (K-12). They may also pursue a graduate degree in education of the deaf or related fields.

Students who complete this bachelor’s degree typically find employment right out of school.

Courses You Might Take

SHS 425: Psycho-Social Factors Associated with Hearing Impairment and SHS 451: Classroom Management in the Deaf Education Setting

Address topics that include planning differentiated instruction, IEP development, collaborative teaching in the inclusion setting, classroom and behavioral management, literacy and language development and psycho-social and educational aspects of deafness.

SHS 323: Basic American Sign Language

One of the American Sign Language courses offered in a three-semester sign language core.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Marietta Paterson

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: SHS 433: Developing Language Skills with Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Kelly Metz

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: SHS 436: Development of Literacy with Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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