Do I need to have teaching certification for this program?
No, the program prepares you for initial certification as a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students PK-12.
How long does it take to complete the program?
This course is designed to be completed in 24 months. However, student teaching cannot be completed during the summer, which may prolong the time to completion.
What kind of background is required for admission?
You must have an undergraduate degree in elementary education, early childhood education, secondary education, educational psychology, general psychology, child or human development, sociology, and/or speech/language development from a regionally accredited college or university. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. You will also be expected to have basic sign language competency. Candidates for the certification program must also have earned at least initial Standard/Level 1 sign language certification, or have equivalent education and experience working with deaf/hard of hearing students.
What kind of settings will I be qualified to work in?
You may teach in general classrooms into which deaf and hard-of-hearing students are mainstreamed, special education classes in public schools, schools and institutes specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing, or you may move from school to school as an itinerant teacher. For more information on career applications, go to the Career Outlook page.
Can I complete all coursework online?
Yes, except for the required field experiences, which you will complete at an approved setting convenient to your location.
Is advising available for all students?
Yes. Each student will be assigned to an advisor, who you can contact when needed.
How and when do I get started?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Request information below or contact a Program Manager at (215) 473-2695 for enrollment information.
How many sessions a year do you offer?
In order to align with the demanding schedules of today's professionals, there are offers three sessions per year. Students have the option of entering three times a year (January, May, and August). Request information below for the next start date.