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Hearing Impairments specialization in Teaching and Learning

Initial teacher licensure in the area of Hearing Impairment is offered as a Master of Education (MEd) program in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

What Will I Research?

The MEd program in Hearing Impairment provides numerous opportunities for preservice teachers to address the educational needs of a range of d/Deaf and hard of hearing (d/Dhh) students. With a special school-Ohio School for the Deaf-and a large public-school program-Columbus Hearing Impaired Program-located in a metropolitan area, preservice teachers can obtain a wide range of experiences in a variety of educational communication settings. Preservice teachers are expected to become familiar with content standards (e.g., the common core) and to be versed in the literature on developing English language and literacy skills.

What Are The Admissions Requirements?

For detailed information on admission requirements for the MEd program, please view our MEd webpage and MEd Application Checklist.

Educational/Professional Background

Several preservice teachers in this program have some education background (e.g., BA degree); however, a number of prospective students come from non-Education areas such as Speech and Hearing Science, Business, and Psychology. This program can accommodate the diverse educational backgrounds of prospective students, who desire to prepare themselves to teach children who are d/Dhh.

For students with an Education background, it is possible to complete the MEd program in 2 years (i.e., 4 semesters plus Maymesters and summers), pending satisfactory completion of a student teaching experience and all other requirements. For preservice teachers without an Education background, the program might be longer, depending on the experiences and motivation of these individuals.

What Courses Might I Take?

In addition to methods courses in literacy, language, and science/mathematics, the program has a strong and extensive practicum and student teaching component (i.e., field experience). Students will spend a minimum of 2 semesters in student practicum/observation and a minimum of one semester in student teaching. All students are expected to begin the field experience aspect during their second semester of enrollment during the academic year—autumn or spring semester.

Additionally, all preservice teachers are expected to demonstrate not only their teaching competence, but also their ability to become lifelong teacher-scholars. To obtain the MEd, it is also required that preservice teachers produce a scholarly project—typically, a 25-page paper on an educational topic with classroom applications. Preservice teachers are also exposed to current issues in the field via an advanced studies course.

What Can I Do With A Degree In This Program?

The MEd program is designed for students who hold degrees in education or other academic areas and now wish to prepare themselves to teach students with hearing impairments in PK–12 educational settings.

What Are Graduates Doing Now?

Most of our graduates secure teaching positions in Ohio (and sometimes elsewhere), particularly in the Columbus Hearing Impaired Program and, occasionally, at the Ohio School for the Deaf.

Why Choose This Program?

Most individuals who have pursued a license in teaching d/Deaf and hard of hearing students will tell you that they have been captivated by the use of signing or sign language. Of course, there is more to teaching d/Dhh students than just proficiency in signing; however, watching the hands dance in the air does have a strong appeal to prospective teachers.

Even more exciting is the evolving demographic landscape of children who are d/Dhh. With the advent of advance technologies such as digital hearing aids and cochlear implants, there is a need to become familiar with the teaching and learning profiles of these students. It is a joy to see that a number of students in this new evolving cohort are performing at a higher level—and sometimes on par with typical “hearing” students—than that of members of previous cohorts.

Who Are The Faculty In This Program?