Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education PK-12 Certification
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education PK-12 Certification program at Saint Joseph's University prepares educators for state certification and the ability to acquire the competencies specifically needed to support learning and development in children with hearing loss. The deaf and hard of hearing master’s program is designed to serve those interested in the education of the 40 to 50 percent of children impacted by hearing loss.
Appropriate Candidates for This Program Include:
- State-certified general education and special education teachers seeking an additional certification
- Professionals or paraprofessionals with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking initial certification (PK-12 option) and Pennsylvania Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification as a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing*
- Related service personnel (e.g. speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists) who wish to become teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing*
- Sign Language interpreters who wish to become teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing*
Throughout the program, you will learn to use the latest technologies used to facilitate meaningful and differentiated learning experiences for your students. You'll also come to understand how to communicate effectively with deaf and hard of hearing students. You’ll be encouraged to set goals related to improving your sign language and alternative communication skills.