K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure Program
Prepares undergraduate students to provide educational services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing from kindergarten – high school (K-12), with secondary preparation for children with mild-moderate disabilities. The program prepares students to teach using a variety of approaches (e.g., ASL/English bilingual; auditory/oral) and settings (e.g., self-contained such as schools for the deaf; inclusive settings; itinerant) to meet the needs of each individual child.
Successful completion of this program culminates in eligibility for two licenses.
Deaf education teacher, special education teacher, itinerant teacher, resource room teacher
Students interested in teaching deaf and hard of hearing children/youth using American Sign Language and/or English (spoken, written, signed). Students interested in teaching deaf/hard of hearing students with disabilities.
In order to bridge coursework to practice, students are required to complete several field experiences in educational settings with deaf and hard of hearing children/youth as well as those with mild/moderate disabilities, building up to a full semester of student teaching (10 weeks Deaf Education; 5 weeks Special Education).
Students may collaborate with faculty, staff, and doctoral students on various research studies and projects.
Program of Study
Total hours: 127
Minimum Program Requirements
A student is admitted to the Program at the end of the sophomore year or start of their junior year. The following requirements must be met in order to be admitted to the program:
- Documentation of an overall 3.0 or better GPA and twenty (20) hours of documented successful experience with children
- A passing score on the Professions in Deafness program benchmark assessments.
- Signed and completed forms outlining Technical Standards, Dispositions, and Program Requirements
- Grade of B- or better in SES 250 – Introduction to Professions in Special Education
- Completed application form and successful acceptance into the Collaborative for Educator Preparation (CEP).
- A passing score on Praxis I or documented passing scores on the SAT and/or ACT as required by the NC Department of Public Instruction
- Over the past five years, more than 90% of our graduates have obtained employment as teachers in North Carolina and other states. Some graduates from our program have also gone on to pursue a Master’s degree.
- There are 39 other states within the U.S. that will accept a North Carolina teaching license. Other states have additional requirements such as a state history course or additional tests. It is recommended that students contact a particular state’s department of education for reciprocity or specific state requirements.
- The UNCG School of Education offers scholarships from designated, named scholarship monies. The Cato Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is preparing to be a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.