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

Accreditation

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

Teaching License Eligibility

  • Hearing Impairment PreK-12

State Teaching Agreements

  • Virginia has interstate teaching agreements with 48 entities across North America.

     
Alabama Illinois North Dakota
Alaska Indiana Ohio
Arizona Iowa Oklahoma
Arkansas Kentucky Oregon
Britihs Columbia Louisiana Pennsylvania
California Maine South Dakota
Colorado Maryland Tennessee
Connecticut Massachusets Texas
Delaware Michigan Utah
District of Columbia Minnesota Vermont

Department of Defense

Education Activity

Mississippi Washington
Florida Missouri West Virginia
Georgia Montana Wyoming
Guam Nevada  
Hawaii New Hampshire  
Idaho New Jersey  

Required Testing

  • 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)

Meet the Professors

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Ms. Tracey Nielsen

Undergraduate Advisor

Elementary Education teacher of students who were deaf/hard of hearing

540-831-5837

tseymour3@radford.edu

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Ms. Karen Stinson

Graduate Advisor, ASL Minor Advisor, DHH Grant Coordinator

Elementary Education teacher of students who were deaf/hard of hearing

540-831-5549

kastinson@radford.edu