Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Radford University offers Virginia's only program leading to licensure in Special Education - Hearing Impairment PreK-12. Students will have exposure to all communication/instructional approaches used with students who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Graduates are qualified for a variety of educational placements for Deaf and hard of hearing children.

Graduate in four years with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing in PreK to 12th grade

Pursue a Master of Science in Special Education

  • Teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing in PreK to 12th grade

Obtain endorsement in Hearing Impairment PreK-12

Competencies

  • Practicum experiences with deaf/hard of hearing children of varying ages, ability levels, and degrees of hearing loss
  • Teaching in both public school and residential settings
  • Learning to use oral/aural, auditory/verbal, cued speech, total communication and bilingual/bicultural teaching approaches

Required Tests and Scores

  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).  Passing scores are:
    • Writing: 235
    • Reading: 235
    • Composite: 470
  • Praxis I.  Passing scores are:
    • Reading: 178
    • Writing: 176
    • Math: 178
    • Composite: 532
  • Reading for Educators (PDF)

  • Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)

Accreditation

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges (SACS)

Meet the Professors

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Ms. Tracey Nielsen

Instructor
Undergraduate Advisor in Deaf/Hard of Hearing program
Elementary Education teacher of students who were deaf/hard of hearing
Office: Peters Hall A029
Phone: 540-831-5837
Email: tseymour3@radford.edu

I teach, so that I can inspire the lives of my students, while they inspire my life.

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Ms. Karen Stinson

Instructor
Graduate Advisor, ASL Minor Advisor, DHH Grant Coordinator
Contact for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
Elementary Education teacher of students who were deaf/hard of hearing
Office: A027
Phone: 540-831-5549
Email: kastinson@radford.edu

As a third generation teacher, teaching is in my blood. Not only do I love my profession, I love sharing about my profession.