Saint Joseph's University

Master’s Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education PK-12

Time to completion:

2 Years
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The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, has granted approval of Saint Joseph’s University’s online Master of Science in Education – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification.

This program prepares educators for state certification and to acquire the competencies specifically needed to support learning and development in children with hearing loss. The deaf and hard of hearing master’s program is designed to serve the 40 to 50 percent of deaf and hard of hearing children who are also diagnosed with an additional disability.


About three out of 1,000 children have a major hearing loss.1

Ninety percent of deaf or hard of hearing children are born to parents with normal hearing ability.1

Throughout the program, you will learn to use the latest technologies to facilitate meaningful and differentiated learning experiences, as well as how to communicate effectively with deaf and hard of hearing students. You’ll be encouraged to set goals related to improving your sign language and alternative communication skills.

You will graduate with the ability to plan curriculum, manage a classroom, facilitate student socialization, and engage students within all levels of ability.

Appropriate Candidates for This Program Include:

  • State-certified general education and special education teachers seeking an additional certification
  • Professionals or paraprofessionals with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking initial certification (PK-12 option) and Pennsylvania Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification as a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing*
  • Related service personnel (e.g. speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists) who wish to become teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing*
  • Sign Language interpreters who wish to become teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing*

*These individuals’ credentials will be individually evaluated and additional pedagogy coursework may be required.

A semester-long student teaching course provides you with real-world experience working with deaf and hard of hearing students.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Curriculum

The curriculum of the deaf and hard of hearing education program is designed to provide you with the abilities to effectively teach students PK-12 with varying levels of hearing loss. Part of this includes field experience competencies. The Special Education Department at Saint Joseph’s University has designated activities in each course in the required curriculum to meet the state standards.

The last course in this program is the student teaching experience. This six-credit course is comprised of a 14-week student teaching assignment paired with weekly online seminar sessions every other week. The fieldwork course is intended to fully immerse you in the deaf and hard of hearing teaching experience for an entire semester.

Note: Candidates for the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing online certification program are required to hold a bachelor’s degree and have earned at least initial Standard/Level 1 sign language certification, or have equivalent education and experience working with deaf/hard of hearing students.

For more information on the deaf and hard of hearing program, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.


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