Education of Deaf / Hard of Hearing Students: Transferring Units from Other Programs
The University of Arizona, Graduate College allows up to 20% of the total number of units in a graduate program to be transferred into a master’s program from another university. This means that 10 units from another university can be transferred into the 52-unit master’s program. Transfer credits to a student’s program of study are contingent upon approval by program faculty. Only graduate courses receiving a grade of A or B can be considered for transfer. In addition to submitting a transcript for consideration of transfer credit courses, students will need to retain proposed transfer course syllabi for review by program faculty or college faculty teaching comparable courses.
Courses required for the MA degree that are beyond those within the DHH core would be appropriate to consider transferring into the program: Introduction to Educational Research, Special Education Regulations and Laws or Multicultural Education. Typically, we recommend that all core courses in Education of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing be taken at the University of Arizona.
With the approval of the program advisor, courses may be waived if students provide appropriate evidence of meeting content competencies.
As a University of Arizona graduate student, you may be eligible to obtain Institutional Recommendation for Arizona certification in Hearing Impairment if you complete all core courses and practicum/internship units. You will also need to complete all deficiencies (e.g. survey of special education, sign language) prior to obtaining the Institutional Recommendation. Your advisor will be able to waive courses if you have taken an equivalent course at another university and can pass the final exam in the course.
In addition to obtaining the Institutional Recommendation, graduates need to obtain a passing score on the elementary professional knowledge portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment and on the hearing-impaired special education portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment. Initial certification also requires completion of coursework in Structured English Immersion unless the individual holds a full bilingual or ESL endorsement.
It is possible to obtain Arizona certification without an Institutional Recommendation by taking your transcripts to the State Department for evaluation. Such evaluation is your responsibility; the university cannot facilitate or help you with this process.
Under Federal "No Child Left Behind" legislation, all teachers are required to be Highly Qualified within areas of content knowledge to teach students in a classroom setting. Specific Highly Qualified requirements are applicable for classroom teachers of elementary, middle school or high school students. Guidelines as to how to meet this requirement are provided at the Arizona Department of Education and the Council on Exceptional Children websites.
Out-of-state students should check their own state Department of Education to obtain this information.
Individuals who assume itinerant positions are not required to meet the Highly Qualified guidelines as the classroom teacher serves as the “teacher of record” and thus is the one required to be Highly Qualified in content knowledge.