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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies
Undergraduate Certificate

Program Overview

Looking for people-helping skills?  The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Studies Certificate offers a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference to people with hearing loss. This 12-credit hour certificate is designed for any major to improve accessibility for individuals who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing across educational, social, and professional environments.  

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 2-4 semesters
Credit Hours: 12

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Community, social, and professional settings are increasingly diverse and more inclusive of individuals who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (D/HOH).  The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Studies certificate will provide you with skills to address the communication, cultural, and accessibility needs of individuals with hearing loss across these diverse settings.  Certificate coursework includes study of the social, communication, and technological implications of hearing loss; assistive/adaptive technologies utilized by persons who are D/HOH; mainstream and Deaf Culture-centric views of disability; roles and responsibilities of those who serve and interact with individuals who are D/HOH; and introductory conversational American Sign Language.

Program Highlights

  • Our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Studies certificate is the only program of its kind in the United States that explores the diversity of individuals who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing in terms of preferred/primary language, communication modality, and assistive technology/services use.  
  • Designed to benefit those studying or currently working in healthcare, education, business, management, hospitality, government, and other social/human-service and public-service professions.
  • The program includes Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Hearing faculty with a wide range of professional training and personal experiences living and working with those who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.

Careers & Outcomes

Help people with hearing loss in an educational, social or professional environment.

Career Projected Salary
Hearing Screener $40,326
Interpreter or Translator $49,110
Special Education Teacher $61,820
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