In the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) MEd and teaching licensure program, you'll receive the training you need to teach students, birth through 21, with diverse backgrounds and hearing levels. You'll take courses when and where it's convenient for you. Our classes are offered in the evenings, in real-time primarily online with some in-person components. You'll graduate with the qualifications needed to apply for a DHH licensure in Minnesota and the skills you need to teach DHH students through culturally responsive and multilingual best practices for ASL, English and additional languages.
Students in the program often have undergraduate degrees in special education, Deaf education, elementary education, bilingual/ESL education, Deaf studies, and interpreting
Graduates of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing licensure preparation 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 field experience requirements. Most courses are taught synchronously online with some in-person sessions on the St. Paul campus and in local DHH programs.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing MEd program requires the completion of 45-46 credits (plus an additional 7.5 credits for those without prior licensure). 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 2023-2024 academic year. Housing is located on the MSA campus in Faribault, 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
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