Deaf Education

What is our Deaf Education Program?

Our Deaf Education Program gives our students, future teachers, a broad background in bilingual-bicultural education, total communication, cued speech and oral philosophies along with speech, language, auditory training, Deaf culture and American Sign Language. This program includes all of the essential elements of a good education for deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and adults.

A deaf studies student runs a lesson in a classroom.

What degree options for Deaf Education are available through CSU, Fresno?

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides the students with a liberal arts foundation integrated with courses designed to provide a basic understanding of communication options and educational approaches used to teach deaf and hard of hearing children to gain full access to English. Education beyond the bachelor's degree is necessary for completion of the academic and credential requirements leading to professional employment. Although the Master of Arts degree is not required for future teachers, it is considered essential for the professional training needed for successful classroom teaching. Nearly all of our students pursue a M.A. degree along with their required teaching credentials for further professional opportunities.

Do students have to get a teaching credential to work as a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children?

Yes. An Educational Specialist: Deaf and Hearing of Hearing Option credential is the required post-BA credential for teachers. All of the student teaching experience and advanced coursework are completed at a Post-BA level to prepare students to be fully certified and recognized by the nationally accreditation organization, the Council of Education of the Deaf (CED).

Do students have to get a Master's Degree to work as a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children?

No. Nearly all of our students complete the Master of Arts degree, the 36-units of advanced coursework, of which are mostly credential coursework required for the Educational Specialist: DHH Option credential. In order to receive a M.A. degree along with the teaching credential, the students take three classes, and a culminating experience is required of them. The culminating experience involves taking written comprehensive examination, or undertaking a thesis or project.

Is the job market good for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing?

Yes. Our students are in great demand across the state and across the United States at all educational levels: early intervention, elementary, middle, high school settings. Typically, students who graduate are either hired right out of school, or already have a job lined up before they graduate.

What is the average starting salary for a beginning teacher?

Beginning teachers of deaf and hard of hearing children can expect to earn an average salary of about $49,000 in the schools, or about $55,000 as program specialists. Salary also depends on where they choose to work, as the cost of living is higher in some parts of the state and country than others.

Contact Dr. Paul W. Ogden, Dr. David H. Smith, and Nan Barker to discuss Deaf Education major.