Specialized Education Services

Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEAS), B.S., concentration in K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure

K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher (DHH) Licensure is the only program in NC preparing teachers for DHH students

Prepares undergraduate students to provide educational services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) from kindergarten – high school (K-12). The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and  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 DHH child.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Professions in Deafness- K-12 Deaf Ed Certification program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at lballen@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.

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Program Contact

Claudia M. Pagliaro, Ph.D.
School of Education Building, Rm. 430


All you need to know about the application process – click here to get started.

Successful completion of this program culminates in eligibility for one license.

Example Careers:

Deaf education teacher, including classroom teacher, itinerant teacher, resource room teacher, consultant

Designed For

Students interested in teaching deaf and hard of hearing children/youth using American Sign Language and/or English (spoken, written, signed). 

Career Opportunities

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 , building up to a full semester of student teaching (15 weeks Deaf Education).

Research Interests

Students may collaborate with faculty, staff, and doctoral students on various research studies and projects.

Program of Study

Total hours: 120

Click here for list of required course work


Additional Information

  • 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 UNC Greensboro 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.

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.
  • 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

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.