Skip to main content

Faculty of Education (ED) – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Program


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 areas of specialization.

The program is offered face to face to full-time candidates and offered online or face to face to part-time candidates.

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

Graduates earn a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from York University, and are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for the qualification, “Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing”, with a specialization in either ASL/LSQ Communication, or Oral/Aural Communication. The program is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (CAEDHH). Graduates of the program may have the qualifications to teach outside of Ontario, nationally or internationally, as teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing as determined by each educational jurisdiction.

Currently, for eligible Ontario candidates, no tuition fees are charged for the program. Applications for the full- and part-time program are due March 15th.

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