This program is dedicated to developing teachers who are skilled and knowledgeable at meeting the communication, academic, social and emotional needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. You will develop the skills to be able to work collaboratively with school professionals, families and community agencies.
Our program includes extensive field-based experiences working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The population of children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing is very diverse. Consequently, the development of all modes of communication – speech, American Sign Language (ASL), and sign systems is supported. We also believe that an appropriate education can be provided in a variety of educational settings.
The amount of credits you will need to take for the master's degree will depend on your previous coursework. Also, if you are not currently a teacher but are looking for a career change, you will also need to take additional courses (12 credits) to work toward obtaining your teaching licensure.
The School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado has a long history of excellence in the preparation of special education teachers. The school is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).