Deaf Education

The Deaf Education concentration prepares candidates to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing students across inclusion, itinerant, resource room and self-contained public and residential classroom settings.

Extensive field and teaching lab experiences optimize the preparation in combination with coursework in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies that result in eligibility to be designated as a “highly qualified” teacher in deaf education, reading and mathematics. Instructional methods are comprehensive in nature and provide the unique strategies necessary to address issues concomitant with hearing loss including language development in both English and American Sign Language, use of bilingual-bicultural methodologies and various assistive and instructional methodologies and various assistive and instructional technologies. The hierarchical coursework sequence concludes with thematic unit instruction that prepares candidates to work with the Core Curriculum to address all academic content areas as well as transition and student with additional needs. Students must pass the Sign Language Proficiency Interview at the Intermediate level prior to graduation and are eligible for pre K- 12 teaching licensure through the Ohio Department of Education.

Please contact Dr. Karen Kritzer for more information.


If you are interested in Special Education Licensure, you must be fully admitted into the Non-Degree Special Education Deaf Education Licensure Preparation Program and complete the prescribed coursework on the prospectus in addition to courses that are prescribed here for the Master's Degree.

Admission Requirements

M.Ed.: Official transcript(s), goal statement, two letters of recommendation and Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form. Licensure minimum GPA required 2.75.

Graduation Requirements 

M.Ed.: The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate coursework including at least 16 semester hours at the 60000 level or above. A major consisting of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is required. M.Ed. students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the degree.

Students in the Deaf Education and ASL/English Interpreting concentrations must also pass the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at the intermediate level for graduation. ASL/English Interpreting students may also pass the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) at level 2 as an alternative to the SLPI.



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.