Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Certification Preparation

EKU’s online Deaf and Hard of Hearing certification is a is a graduate, non-degree granting program that focuses on best practices and promotes the knowledge and skill sets needed to advance the quality of services and educational programs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program meets Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board requirements and prepares educators to meet the linguistic, social and cognitive needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

At A Glance

Degree format


Credit hours

24-46 hours

2016 Tuition

$500 per credit hour

Who would be interested?

Individuals interested in adding certification to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing

Career Options

Public or private school teacher of students P-12 who are deaf or hard of hearing 

Students pursuing this option must hold an undergraduate degree and a current Kentucky Provisional Teaching Certificate in Elementary, Middle Grades, Special Education (LBD, MSD, IECE) or High School content areas. Program graduates certified in Kentucky will be eligible to apply for openings that serve students who are deaf or hard of hearing (P-12). 

NOTE: If you do not hold teacher certification in Kentucky, please consult with your state’s licensing agency to determine whether our program will meet your state’s licensure requirements.

Program requirements

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Candidates without prior graduate coursework must either have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours) or they must submit either GRE or MAT scores.
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification.

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