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Teacher Preparation Program in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Print

The York University Faculty of Education Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing education program prepares teachers to work in a variety of educational settings and communication/modality options. The program provides the broadest possible base for candidates to learn about the field, and to make decisions about future areas of specialization.

The program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and is available partially online.

Program course work deals with areas pertinent to deaf and hard of hearing education. These areas include: language and literacy development; oral communication; deaf and hard of hearing studies; bilingual/bicultural education; American Sign Language; audiology; listening and speaking; working with deaf and hard of hearing learners in inclusive settings and amplification systems. Candidates also participate in two practicum placements in two different settings over a two month period.

Candidates are considered for admission on the basis of education-related experience, academic achievement, communication abilities and personal characteristics relevant to teaching in the field. Requirements include:

  • member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers;
  • BEd degree;
  • two courses in American Sign Language.

When the program is successfully completed, candidates receive a York Diploma in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Graduates of the program who hold membership in the Ontario College of Teachers are recommended to the college for Additional Qualification in Deaf Education. Currently, for eligible Ontario candidates, no tuition fees are charged for the program. Applications are normally due in mid-March.

For further information, please call the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program Office at 416-736-5971 or TTY 416-736-5972.