Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

College of Education
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Degree Options

  • 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?

Degree Benefits

  • EKU offers the only program in the state of Kentucky to prepare teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. 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 nationally accredited by the Council on the Education of Deaf (CED) as well as by CAEP.
  • Learn From the Best

 

Faculty accomplishments

Faculty in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program have many years of experience in classrooms teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing, in early intervention settings, and in administrative positions. They remain current in the field through a variety of activities including service on committees, presentations at conferences and elected positons in organization such as the Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH).  

 

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program receive dual certification. This means they are qualified to teach students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing from Primary through 12th grade in public schools or schools for the deaf as well students in a general education classrooms that align with their choice of either elementary or a middle grade content area certification.   Teacher of the deaf are in high demand not only in Kentucky but across the United States.

 

Internship/co-op opportunities

Candidates in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program complete observations and field experiences embedded in specific coursework which total more than 300 hours of experience in general education classrooms, in public and private school programs that serve students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

During the semester prior to student teaching candidates complete a semester-long practicum experience at Kentucky School for the Deaf, spending 2 days per week working in a classroom with an experienced teacher of the deaf. Student teaching then provides two 8-week long full-day teaching experiences, one in a general education classroom, and one in a setting serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

What Are the Program Requirements?

Admission requirements to the DHH program are the same as admission to Professional Education:

  • Completion of 30 hours of undergraduate work

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Completion of the following courses: CED 100, EDF 203, and CMS 100 with a C or higher
  • Completion of the following documents
  • Application for Admission to Professional Education Program
  • Professional Dispositions Declaration
  • Character and Fitness Declaration Form http://tes.eku.edu/sites/tes.eku.edu/files/files/TES%20Admissions%20Documents/Ethics_Declaration_Form.pdf;
  • Faculty Recommendation Request Form (Requesting Admission to Teacher Education)
  • Typically your advisor and EDF 203 instructor
  • Completion of the Praxis Core examination with the minimum passing scores

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

Recent graduates are employed across the state in such places as Jefferson County Public Schools, Heuser Hearing Institute, and Kentucky School for the Deaf. Out of state offerings include Ohio Valley Voices, and a recent graduate has accepted a position at Willie Ross School for the Deaf in Longmeadow, MA. 

How Do I Get More Information?

http://www.coe-specialed.eku.edu/undergraduate-degrees-special-education
Explore the tabs on the left to review all the majors in Special Education
Contact Dr. Michelle Gremp, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Coordinator
michelle.gremp@eku.edu
 

Scholarship Opportunities

Consult the College of Education website for information about scholarship opportunities. https://coe.eku.edu/current-students#sch