Majoring in deaf education prepares teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students to work in a variety of school settings either as a classroom teacher or as a consultant for students mainstreamed into general education classes. In addition, the program prepares teachers of American Sign Language, one of the fastest growing world language offerings in secondary schools in the U.S.
The deaf education program in The University of Tulsa’s Department of Education is nationally accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for an initial teaching certificate through the state of Oklahoma to teach deaf and hard of hearing students (N-12). They may apply for additional content area certification after initially certified.
During their junior and senior years, they devote their time to specific deaf education methods courses and related practicum experiences.
As a CED Comprehensive Program, the deaf education major provides classes ideal for working with diverse populations of students who are deaf and hard of hearing including those who use American Sign Language and/or use hearing technologies such as cochlear implants and are learning to listen and speak. Opportunities for interacting with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults are arranged through community organizations and within public schools. Students are required to complete three deaf education practicums in a variety of school settings during their junior and senior years as well as 15 hours per semester of interaction in the deaf community.