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- B.S. in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (P-12) with Elementary Education (P-5) teaching
- B.S. in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (P-12) with Middle Grade Education (5-9) teaching
Who Would Be Interested in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
If you are interested in becoming a teacher of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, then the B.S. in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with either Elementary or Middle Grades Education will interest you.
Why Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
EKU offers the only preparation program in the state of Kentucky for teachers of the deaf. EKU is one of the few undergraduate preparation programs in the Southeast region as well. EKU's Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is accredited by the Council on the Education of Deaf (CED) and by NCATE.
Learn From the Best
Faculty in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program have many years of experience in classrooms teaching deaf and hard of hearing children, in early intervention settings, and in administrative positions. In addition, they hold office on the Council for the Education of the Deaf and in the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The faculty is involved in service to the community and to the profession.
Rewarding Career Opportunities
Teaching: Graduates of this program serve deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth in public schools as well as in day programs and schools for the deaf. EKU programs offer dual certification. Students leave with a certificate in general education (either elementary or middle grades education with a content emphasis) and a certificate in education of the deaf and hard of hearing. Having the dual certification makes graduates very attractive in today's job market.
Students in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing complete more than 300 hours of field experience in general education classrooms, in public and private school programs that serve deaf/hard of hearing students and in residential schools such as the Kentucky School for the Deaf. In addition to the observations and field experience embedded in specific coursework, students also complete a practicum at the Kentucky School for the Deaf and student teaching placements in the public schools.
What Are the Program Requirements?
Students may declare their major in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program upon entering EKU. To complete the program, they must be admitted to the Professional Education program in the College of Education. This requires:
- 30 undergraduate hours of coursework
- 2.75 overall GPA
- Completion of EDF 203 with a C or higher
- Required scores on the Praxis I (PPST)
- MAT 107 with a grade of C or higher
- A grade of C or higher in ENG 101, ENG 102 and CMS 100, CMS 200 or CMS 210
- Three satisfactory recommendations from faculty
- Hearing and speech evaluation
- Ethics Declaration
- Application for admission
Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?
- One graduate recently received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and is on the teacher education faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
- Another graduate is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in the Fayette County public schools. She serves as in itinerant teacher of the deaf in the district serving 12 d/hh students at varying levels in the public school.
- A third graduate has recently accepted a position as a Special Education Facilitator for one of the local public schools after working as a teacher of the deaf for several years in the district.
How Do I Get More Information?
Explore the tabs on the left to review all the majors in Special Education
Contact Dr. Debbie Haydon, Department Chair
Contact Dr. Karen Dilka, Professor
Are There Scholarship Opportunities?
Check the undergraduate catalog for scholarship opportunities within the University and the College of Education.