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Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Deaf Education Program at Utah State University offers teacher training in either Bilingual-Bicultural (ASL/English) or Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) to earn a Master of Education degree. This is not a single, comprehensive program – but rather two distinct training programs that collaborate and support one another, yet remain specific in their approaches in the preparation of teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Both programs utilize best practice and research based methodology in preparing teachers to meet the unique and individual needs of the children and families they serve.



The Bilingual-Bicultural program prepares students to earn a Master of Education degree and become classroom teachers serving deaf and hard of hearing children using American Sign Language (ASL).  The program focuses on a “difference” rather than “disability” model.

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Listening & Spoken Language

The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Deaf Education teacher training program at USU prepares students to earn a Master of Education degree and a Utah 0-5 Early Childhood Special Education Teaching License. The program provides graduate students with the knowledge and skills to provide family-centered services to young children who are deaf or hard of hearing to develop listening and spoken language.

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Composite Degree in Elementary Education and Deaf Education

This program allows students to complete all requirements for a Bachelors degree. Upon completion of the requirements for the composite Bachelor degree, students complete one additional year of graduate coursework and student teaching to earn a Masters of Education degree in Deaf Education.

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The Deaf Education program offers options for students who wish to earn the ASL minor as well as a bachelor's degree in the ASL/English Interpreting Track.

The DHH Endorsement is available for currently licensed educators and speech-language pathologists to improve knowledge and skills for serving children who are DHH in their professional settings.