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 varying degrees of hearing. You'll leave the program with your license and the skills you need to help solve the challenges of learning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and their families.

Note: Revisions to improve the Deaf/hard of hearing program have been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Teaching and are pending approval. Please contact Debbie Golos,Deaf/hard of hearing licensure & M.Ed. coordinator, at for more information.

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.


Graduates of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing licensure program:

  • Teach in classrooms or resource rooms
  • Provide instruction directly with students and their families as itinerant teachers.
  • Serve as a consultant to general classroom teachers
  • Serve students from birth through young adult, who have additional conditions, and come from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds


All classes are offered in the evening to allow students to maintain full time employment while completing course 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.

Course Catalog: Special Education M.Ed.

Faculty & staff

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  • 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
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Debbie Golos Deaf/Hard of Hearing licensure & M.Ed. coordinator

  • 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


Program contact

Alicia Vegell, program staff special education


University contacts

Disability Services