Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Radford University offers Virginia's only program leading to licensure in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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 and teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing in PreK to 12th grade
  • Pursue a 5th year program for licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12)
  • Obatin a Master of Science degree in Special Education with Virginia licensure in deaf and hard of hearing preK-12

Obtain endorsement in Deaf and hard of hearing PreK-12


  • 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


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

Meet the Professors


Ms. Karen Stinson

Program Advisor, ASL Minor Advisor, DHH Grant Coordinator
Contact for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
Office: A029
Phone: 540-831-5549

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