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?

  • Individuals seeking to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Individuals seeking a dual certification for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and elementary or middle grades.

Why Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?

Degree Benefits

  • EKU offers Kentucky’s ONLY program preparing teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing and one of only a few in the southeastern United States.
  • EKU's Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program is nationally accredited.
  • Earn two teaching certificates --one in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and one in elementary or middle grades with a content emphasis.
  • Program includes extensive, supervised school-based field experiences including a semester-long practicum experience at Kentucky School for the Deaf
  • Your Kentucky teaching certificate is easily transferred to other states (some additional requirements may be needed).
  • EKU prepares highly qualified teachers.
  • Faculty have K-12 teaching experience and are active scholars in state and national education 

What Are the Requirements to be admitted to the Program?

  • Admission to EKU
  • Admission to the College of Education Professional Education Program, usually during the sophomore year (2.75 GPA, criminal background check, and additional requirements)
  • Students must earn and maintain a 2.75 GPA

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

Recent graduates are employed across the nation in private and public schools as well as school for the deaf.

How Do I Get More Information?

Scholarship Opportunities

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