Deaf Education

Deaf Education is the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Kent State University's program provides students the skills needed to work with students of varying levels of hearing, and to cater lessons to the child's individual needs.

The Deaf Education program provides students with the coursework and field experiences necessary to be licensed in the field of special education in the area of deaf education. Students pursuing this program will be prepared to teach learners ages 3-21 who have been identified with a hearing loss (deaf or hard of hearing).

Please contact Dr. Karen Kritzer for more information.

Degrees Certificates

B.S.E in Special Education with a concentration in Deaf Education


PLEASE NOTE: You MUST already have, or you must be planning to obtain, a Deaf Education Teaching License if you wish to pursue one of our certificate programs. DFED courses that are required for licensure also are foundational to work in the field, and you therefore must have taken, or plan to take, these classes in order to be considered for certification(s).

Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.