Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Education of D/HH Contacts

Program Coordinator/Associate Professor
    Deborah S. Stryker | 570-389-4197
Department Chairperson
    Darlene Perner | 570-389-4075
Department Secretary
    Alma George | 570-389-4074
Adjunct Faculty
    Patricia Stoudt | 570-389-4074
Adjunct Faculty
    Mary Anne Helfrich | 570-389-4074

Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
105 Navy Hall


Our Education of the Deaf teacher preparation program is a nationally and state, Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), accredited program. We are a 13-month graduate program preparing prospective classroom and itinerant teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students.

If you are interested in working with individuals who are deaf, whether you aspire to be a teacher, speech pathologist, nurse, sign language interpreter, or are just not sure, you start by completing our 18-credit Area of Concentration in Education of the Deaf. These courses will provide you a foundation of information regarding deafness and individuals who are Deaf/hard of hearing. These undergraduate classes are also the prerequisite courses needed to enter our graduate teacher preparation program.

Beyond the Area of Concentration, if you are interested in becoming a Teacher of Deaf Children and Youth, and you are a student with the following undergraduate major, you should:

Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education or Dual undergraduate students:

  • Complete the undergraduate Area of Concentration in Education of the Deaf

ASL/English Interpreting, SLP, or any student who is not in a Teacher Certification Program or if you are transferring to BU with interest in becoming a Teacher of the Deaf:

  • ASL 1 & 2
  • DEAFHH 201 History Education and Guidance of the Deaf (online)
  • DEAFHH 305 Introduction to Instructional Methods for the Deaf (online)
  • SPECED 101 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals
  • AUDSLP 200 Introduction to Audiology

Five education methods courses (BU students courses: SPECED 202 275 and 358 and PROFSTUD 291 & 494)