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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teaching Career Outlook

Educators who are specially trained in deaf education is vital to children with hearing loss. Today earlier and improved screening for disabilities in children, including hearing loss, is driving a need for special education teachers in regular classes and specialized programs.

Since teaching students with communication differences can be difficult and stressful, many schools have a hard time finding and maintaining special education teachers. There is a growing demand for teachers with knowledge in education strategies for deaf and hard of hearing students, particularly in rural, urban and areas of low socioeconomic status.1 Those with expertise and credentials in the field will have an edge in the job market, as will those in certain specialties, such as deaf education.

Diversity is an issue under discussion in the field—while about half of deaf and hard of hearing children are from minority backgrounds, the overwhelming majority — 87 percent — of their teachers are white.2 More teachers with backgrounds that reflect those of their students can bring new perspectives and experiences to the classroom, as well as provide children with adult role models who are similar to them.

Job Titles in This Field

  • Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs
  • ASL Educational Interpreter
  • Educational Interpreter
  • American Sign Language Instructor
  • Teacher of Students with Special Needs

Salaries and Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics3 projects 6 percent growth in employment for all special education teachers, including deaf education teachers, from 2014 to 2024.

Deaf education teachers may find positions at public and private schools creating specialized lesson plans for deaf and hard of hearing students or providing additional academic support. They might work in an inclusive classroom — over 75 percent of deaf or hard of hearing students in U.S. public schools are mainstreamed4 — or travel to different schools as itinerant teachers. Institutes that teach individuals with hearing loss to adapt to their hearing loss also require teachers to teach sign language, lip reading, and other skills. Teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing in the United States make an average of $53,8064 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down salaries for special education teachers by level of school taught3:

  • Secondary school: $58,500
  • Middle school: $57,280
  • Kindergarten/elementary school: $55,810
  • Preschool: $53,990

The skills you gain in the online master’s in deaf and hard of hearing education will provide you with the comprehensive background and knowledge to enrich the learning experience of deaf and hard of hearing students, enabling them to reach their full academic potential and preparing them for success beyond high school.

For more information on deaf education salaries and jobs with the deaf and hard of hearing education master’s degree, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with Program Manager, or request more information below.


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