Deaf/hard of hearing teaching licensure & M.Ed.

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Deaf/Hard of Hearing
teaching licensure & M.Ed.

Help meet the needs of students who are
Deaf or Hard of Hearing

In the Deaf/Hard of Hearing program, you'll receive the training you need to teach students, birth through grade 12, with diverse backgrounds and hearing levels. You'll leave the program with the qualifications needed to apply for licensure in the state of Minnesota and the skills you need to help improve education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and their families by incorporating best practices for teaching, facilitating identity development, and promoting respect and equity for ASL/English and cultural diversity.

U.S. News & World Report recently rated our program #8 in the nation among special education graduate programs.

We were recently ranked the #6 "Most Innovative" master's degree by Masters in Special Education Program Guide.

Careers

Graduates of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing licensure program:

  • Teach in classrooms at residential or day Schools for the Deaf
  • Teach in classrooms or resource rooms with DHH programming
  • Provide instruction directly with students and their families as itinerant teachers or early interventionists
  • Serve as a DHH consultant to general classroom teachers
  • Serve DHH students from birth through young adults, who come from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds and/or have disabilities

Coursework

All classes are offered in the evening to allow students to maintain full time employment while completing course requirements, as long as their employer is flexible in allowing them to complete all practicum requirements. Most courses are taught in person on the Minneapolis campus.

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing and special education M.Ed. program require the completion of 55-61 credits. Your total number of required credits may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures.

Download a sample plan of a DHH course schedule.

Note: This plan is an example only. You'll work with your advisor to develop a couse schedule specific to your needs.

Required DHH licensure courses (45 credits)

  • EPSY 5641 – Foundations of Deaf Education (3cr)
  • EPSY 5614 – Foundations of Special Education (3crs)
  • EPSY 5644 – Early Childhood Language and Literacy Development and Best Practices: DHH (3cr)
  • EPSY 5643 – ASL/English Structure and Application (3cr)
  • EPSY 5651 – Best Practices Teaching Content Areas: DHH (3cr)
  • EPSY 5646 – Best Practices Teaching Reading and Writing for School Age: DHH (3cr)
  • EPSY 5645 – Deaf Plus: Deaf with Disabilities (1cr)
  • EPSY 5645 – Current Research and Trends in Deaf Education (1cr)
  • EPSY 5614 – Assessment and Due Process in Special Education (3cr)
  • EPSY 5705 – Practicum in ECSE/Elementary DHH settings (1-2cr)
  • EPSY 5704 – Practicum in Middle/Secondary/Transition DHH Settings (1-2cr)
  • EPSY 5642 – Early Childhood Interventions for Infants, Toddlers and Families: DHH (3cr)
  • EPSY 5647 – Spoken Language and Assistive Technology DHH (2cr)
  • EPSY 5652 – Incorporating Academic ASL in the classroom: DHH (3cr)
  • EPSY 5616 – Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving (3cr)
  • EPSY 5643 – Seminar: Identity, Culture and Diversity in Deaf Ed (2cr)
  • EPSY 5751 – Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar (6cr)

Licensure and M.Ed. course

  • EPSY 5690: EDTPA (2cr)

Additional courses needed for licensure (13.5 credits)

  • OLPD 5005 – School and Society (2cr)
  • OLPD 5009 – Human Relations (1cr)
  • PubH 6003 or 3005 – Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (1cr)
  • CI 5307 – Technology (1.5cr)
  • EPsy 5001 – Learning Cognition and Assessment (3cr)
  • EPsy 5619W – Specialized Interventions for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Mathematics (3cr)*

Faculty & staff

Janet Caven headshot

Janet Cavenjcaven@umn.edu

  • Language and literacy development in learners who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Effective teaching preparation to meet the needs of diverse learners using differentiated instruction and assessment
Debbie Golos headshot

Debbie Golos Deaf/Hard of Hearing licensure & M.Ed. coordinator
dgolos@umn.edu

  • Developing and evaluating the effects of educational media in ASL on young deaf and hearing children's language and literacy skills
  • Examining the portrayal of deafness in media and literature from a cultural perspective and it's effects on children's identity development
  • Exploring alternative routes to literacy development, that meet the needs of visual learners, particularly deaf children

Contacts

Program contact

Alicia Vegell, program staff special education

acvegell@umn.edu

612-626-0367

University contacts

Disability Services

612-626-1333