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Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Education ME and Certification (UW–Milwaukee)

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PATH Project Funding available for eligible students through the federally funded PATH Project (Providing Accessible Teacher Education in Deaf/Hard of Hearing).

UWM Program is Right for You

  • Wisconsin and other states need certified teachers in D/HH to work in classrooms, resource room, and as consulting teachers
  • Earn your Master's and certification to teach Pre-K through 12th grade
  • Nationally recognized faculty with extensive practitioner experience
  • Comprehensive program to support D/HH students who use sign language and auditory/oral communication
  • Distance education program with coursework that is online and the ability to complete teaching experiences in students' geographic area (one teaching experience required in Milwaukee - summer school)

Sign Language Requirements:

You must fulfill sign language requirements—either B or better in sign language courses, ASL I-IV, or an equivalent score of 2+ on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). Please note that sign language courses are not available online. ASL I and II are often available through classes offered in a local community college or community organization. ASL III and IV are offered in some communities but are more difficult to find. UWM offers ASL I-IV during the academic year and ASL I, II, & IV in summer school; courses are on campus.

Required Teaching Experiences:

During year one, you will need to participate in 30 hours of work with students who are deaf/hard of hearing each semester in you geographic area. In the second summer, you will be required to participate in a summer teaching experience in Milwaukee Public Schools. In the spring of year two, a final supervised teaching experience of 20 weeks, full-time teaching is required. This experience can be completed in a program in your geographic area. If you are hired to teach and obtain an emergency license, you may complete your final teaching experience in this setting.

Total credits required for completion: 24

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from Accredited Institution of Higher Education
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Teaching certification and license in Special Education in any disability area or cross-categorical (Note: If you do not have certification in special education, you will need to apply to the post-baccalaureate certification program)
  • Students must have proof of successful completion of ASL I-IV or equivalent or ASLPI score of 2+ to complete the program and be recommended for certification
  • Recent courses are in Language Development

Degree-granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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