In the Deaf and 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.
Students in the program often have undergraduate degrees in special education, Deaf education, elementary education, bilingual/ESL education, Deaf studies, and interpreting
Learn more about our special education professional programs, including the now fully online ASD certificate.
Graduates of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing licensure program:
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 and Hard of Hearing and special education MEd program require the completion of 55-61 credits. Your total number of required credits may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures.
These courses are required for all College of Education and Human Development initial teaching licensures and degrees.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
The Minnesota State Academies (MSA) (incorporating two academies—one for the deaf and one for the blind) is offering free housing to a limited number of students accepted into the University of Minnesota's DHH teacher preparation program to begin the 2021-2022 academic year. Housing is located on the MSA campus in Fairbault, MN.
Requirements: These awards will prioritize students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Deaf and Hard of Hearing. As part of this award, students must participate in enrichment activities that support MSA students (i.e. tutoring, providing workshops or other enrichment experiences, supporting after school programming, etc.)
TEACH Grants are part of a federal program to provide financial support to students who will teach in a high need area at a low-income school for at least four years. Application information is available from Onestop on their grants and waivers page.
I chose this path [becoming a Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) teacher] because I wanted to understand issues that impact the lives of the people in the Deaf community and what I could do to contribute—especially towards Deaf children’s education.
MEd - DHH alumni
Read more about Aaron's experience as a student