American Sign Language Class

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Deaf Education Program prepares graduate students to meet the linguistic, cultural, social and cognitive needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) ages birth to 21. Our program is based on recent, quality research that is focused on improving academic outcomes for students who are DHH; is open to full- or part-time students; and is offered entirely online.

Deaf Education Program Overview

Endorsement: We offer coursework leading to certification for Nebraska's Endorsement in Special Education – Deaf or Hard of Hearing Education (NDE Rule 24) for employment as a Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing (birth through age 21). Students interested in pursuing this endorsement must hold a current and valid teaching certificate in a specified content area (e.g., special education, elementary education, secondary English) or a speech-language pathology school clinical certificate obtained after completing a university or college teaching program.

Master's degree: We offer a Master's degree in Deaf Education that can be completed with or without pursuit of the Deaf Education teaching endorsement.

Graduate Certificate: We offer a Graduate Certificate in Sensory Disabilities (12 credits). This certificate is designed for professionals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how to effectively work with and support students with sensory disabilities (students who are blind/visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing). This graduate certificate can be paired with additional requirements leading to the Deaf Education endorsement or Master's degree.

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