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Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Master of Arts

Earn your state and national certification and learn to effectively teach students who have varying degrees of hearing loss and use a range of communication modes.


Top 30 Best Education Program

-U.S. News & World Report, 2019

100% job placement within 6 months*

*for employment-seeking graduates

Get certified to teach in a growing field. Teachers with a high-quality certification in working with deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students are in high demand.

Earn your MA in Special Education, your Arizona teacher of deaf/hard of hearing certification and your national certification from the Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED), all in one place.

You will build the skills to work in a wide range of classroom settings with coursework including language and literacy assessment and intervention, instructional methods and strategies, audiology, speech and language development, cultural diversity and research. Focus on addressing the needs of students within public school settings through communication and literacy development and put your learning into practice through a practicum and a final full-time teaching internship.

Graduates have gone on to teach D/HH students as either itinerant, resource room or self-contained classroom teachers. Itinerant teachers travel from school to school to provide on-site services and support, while resource room teachers have D/HH classrooms on general education campuses and self-contained classroom teachers typically work at center schools for the deaf or in public school programs.

Eligibility: This program is designed for applicants holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education or a related field with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Eligible applicants should have experience with special needs and/or D/HH students.

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Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Arts
College: College of Education

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $653
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The curriculum for this degree program includes:

  • SERP 530 Educational Issues: DHH Children - Explore current issues in the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, specifically the educational, social-emotional and cognitive implications of childhood hearing loss.
  • SERP 537 Literacy Assessment and Intervention for DHH students - Investigate methods of assessing, developing and teaching reading and writing skills for DHH children and youth.
  • SERP 567 Audiology Practices in Education - Build your understanding of audiology concepts and practices necessary to support communication and access to learning for DHH children and youth.
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