Missouri State University

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Track

Educate and serve those who are deaf or hard of hearing

Students majoring in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing (EDHH) will learn the skills to use — both verbal and manual communication — to educate persons who are deaf or hard of hearing in addition to serving and educating their families and communities. This is a growing field partially due to an increase in enrollment of special education students in traditional educational environments.

As an EDHH major, you will have a unique opportunity to learn in the on-site Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic to test your knowledge and skills, and gain practical experience. This program engages its students in the comprehensive philosophy of human communication.

A demanding and satisfying career awaits you

By studying EDHH at Missouri State, students are preparing themselves for a career as a deaf educator. Deaf educators work with both children and adults to meet the needs of the individual, such as those with cochlear implants.

Deaf educators often work in educational settings such as:

  • Early childhood/ early intervention
  • Preschool/ kindergarten
  • Elementary, middle and high schools
  • Special clinics
  • Private, public and residential facilities

Most careers in deaf education require a master’s degree and teacher certification. We recommend our students pursue the accelerated master’s option in education of the deaf and hard of hearing. This graduation plan includes graduate courses for the accelerated master’s option during the final year.

Accelerate into teacher certification

Students pursuing a career as a certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing should consider applying to the Accelerated Master’s Program in the spring of their junior year. Meet with an advisor in the department of communication sciences and disorders to see if you qualify and design a graduation plan that is right for you.