Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist, Master of Arts
The Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing program is a comprehensive, experientially based graduate level teacher preparation program. Individuals completing the program will have a Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an endorsement in Deaf/Hard of Hearing. If you plan to apply for a license in the state of Colorado the license will permit you to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 0-21. Therefore, when you graduate you are able to work with families as a home-intervention specialists, teach children and youth in preschool, elementary, or secondary programs.
We are dedicated to developing teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled at meeting the communication, academic, social, and emotional needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and able to work collaboratively with school professionals, families and community agencies. Our program includes extensive field-based experiences working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Active learning, reflection, and on-going personal and professional development are the cornerstones of our program philosophy. At the same time, we believe that the population of children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing is very diverse. Consequently, we support the development of all modes of communication – speech, American Sign Language (ASL), and sign systems and a belief that an appropriate education can be provided in a variety of educational settings.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of academic work.
- Pass the Elementary Content PLACE or Praxis II, or have an approved elementary teaching license. You can gather information about the PLACE test by going to the PLACE website. You can access information about the Praxis II by going to the Praxis website.
Length of program and program requirements; course structure and delivery
Individuals entering the program with an undergraduate degree in education should be able to complete the program in two years. Those individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree in education will need to take some additional courses, which will extend the length of the program. An individual “Plan of Study” is developed for each person based on his or her undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.
The Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing program is offered via Internet distance education.
How you obtain a license to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing varies from state to state. Contact the Department of Education in your state to find out the specific steps needed to become endorsed in deaf education. In Colorado, individuals must:
- Complete an approved program in Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
- Obtain an institutional recommendation.
- Pass the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators – Deaf/Hard of Hearing (PLACE) test. You can gather information about the PLACE test by going to the PLACE website.
Visit our UNC catalog program requirements for admissions and other information.
Here is an overview of courses from the UNC catalog that are specific to this exceptionality area:.
- Please note the mandatory Introduction to Graduate Research (SRM 600) for masters students in special education.
- Advanced and core courses that are specific to this program.
- If you entered the program without a Colorado Teacher License, you may need one or more Prerequisite Licensure courses. These courses are not required if you are already a teacher in Colorado. View the Prerequisite Licensure Requirements for more details, or contact your program advisor.