Deaf Education

What it's all about

The Deaf Education major focuses on the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deaf education teachers become experts in language acquisition and the unique learning and communication needs of their students. Sometimes individuals who major in Deaf Education serve in capacities other than teaching, such as helping deaf students transition from school to work environments. You could also work with families as they deal with the challenges of raising a deaf or hard of hearing child. Through course work, observation and field placement, you will be prepared to take the Texas State Board for Educator Certification in Deaf Education and the Texas Assessment for Sign Communication - American Sign Language.

You might take classes such as:

  • Principles of Interpreting
  • American Sign Language I, II, III and IV
  • Deaf Education Principles and Practices
  • Deaf Studies

Graduates of this major go on to:

  • teach in grades K-12
  • work in rehabilitation or other assistance facilities helping older deaf students transition from school to the workforce
  • work in a clinic or other service facility to help families learn to communicate with their deaf child