M.A. in Deaf and Hard of Hearing

MA in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Preparation for Teachers of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Throughout the country there is a critical need for teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students. The UA College of Education Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies offers an online graduate program to prepare teachers of children who are DHH. Professionals in this field include teachers (preschool and K-12), early intervention specialists, parent advisors, educational diagnosticians, and other support services. It is expected that the demand for teachers of children who are DHH will continue to increase, with the greatest demand in general education settings.

Program Information

The teacher preparation program in DHH prepares highly qualified teachers who can work with children with varying degrees of hearing loss across multiple educational placements. A comprehensive program, pre-service teachers within the program will learn to address the needs of DHH students who use all modes of communication. The program prepares teachers to support the needs of each DHH student they encounter and support the communication choices made by their families.

The goal of the program is to prepare teachers for the future of the field. These developments are changing the roles of teachers of DHH students:

  • Changes in educational placement:
    • Almost 85 percent of DHH students are now enrolled in general education settings. These students and their general education teachers typically need support from itinerant or resource room teachers. Teachers working in this setting need strong interpersonal and collaborative skills as well as in-depth knowledge of effective instructional strategies to address the special needs of DHH children.
    • Self-contained classrooms provide the most appropriate placement for some DHH students. Teachers serving these students need in-depth knowledge of content curriculum as well as instructional strategies to address the needs of their students.
  • Changes in technology: Newborn-hearing screening and technology, such as digital hearing aids and cochlear implants, have increased the number of children who are developing language through the auditory channel.
  • Changes in the population: The population of DHH children with additional disabilities or who come from culturally and linguistically diverse homes has increased.

Individuals in the program will earn a master’s degree in special education and will obtain certification in education of DHH students. Arizona shares certification reciprocity with most other states. Current program participants include students from Arizona, Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, and Texas.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted throughout the year for spring, summer, or fall admission. Admission into the UA Graduate College as well as the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is required. The minimum requirements for admission include:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Experience with children, particularly children with special needs or who are DHH.

Apply Now: grad.arizona.edu/admissions/apply-now
For more information, please contact Assistant Professor of Practice Christina Rivera at mcrnuna@email.arizona.edu or Professor Shirin Antia at santia@email.arizona.edu