Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing


Bloomsburg University's Education of the Deaf teacher preparation program is nationally and state-accredited. The program has both Council on Exceptional Children (CEC) and Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED) national accreditation as well as Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) accreditation.

Understanding strength lies in diversity, the College of Education and the Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program at Bloomsburg University places the well-being of DHH learners first, fostering ethical and qualified professionals through education, scholarship, and service. We are dedicated to preparing passionate, knowledgeable, creative and reflective teachers of DHH students. Future teachers of the deaf are provided with competencies necessary to serve students on an individual and classroom basis, whatever the individual needs of the DHH child may be. Teacher candidates are provided a variety of courses and hands-on experiences to prepare them to teach students in the child’s preferred language, communication mode, and communication environment including listening and speaking, ASL/English Bilingual and programs utilizing sign supported English.

Hands-on environments include two camps, the first is the BU Preschool Mini-Camp for DHH children where students are paired with a DHH preschool-aged child for a six-day hands-on field experience on the BU campus. The other field experience is with DHH children and youth at Camp HERO (Here Everyone Really is One). Future teacher candidates become counselor/teachers during this week-long overnight camp wherein 2019 we had 62 DHH campers.

Deaf Education

Program Coordinator/Associate Professor
  Deborah S. Stryker | 570-389-4197
Department Chairperson
  Maureen Walsh | 570-389-5366
Department Secretary
  Alma George | 570-389-4074
Adjunct Faculty
  Dave Alianiello | 570-389-4074
Adjunct Faculty
  Mary Anne Helfrich | 570-389-4074

Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
105 Navy Hall
570-389-4074

Deaf Education Program Options

There are three programs in education of the deaf:

BU has been preparing individuals to become teachers of d/Deaf and hard of hearing students since 1971. In the Fall of 2015 we began offering our Dual Early Childhood Education (ECE) PK-4 and Deaf Education PK-12 Teacher Preparation Program. This four-year Bachelor of Science degree program prepares candidates to teach all ages of children who have a hearing loss as well as hearing children in grades PK-4th grade.

The undergraduate Minor in Deaf Education is an 18-credit program designed to compliment any BU degree program. This minor program provides foundational information on deafness, deaf/hard of hearing children and youth, and sign language.

 

Out-of-state licensure and certification

Bloomsburg University is approved to offer Education programs that lead to certification in Pennsylvania. While we regularly monitor licensure and certification laws in each state, state requirements are subject to change without notice. If you are interested in certification outside of Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements before beginning a program and during your program of study. Please visit bloomu.edu/state-authorization and www2.ed.gov for more information. If you are planning to teach in New Jersey, please note that you may be required to complete the edTPA, a performance based assessment. It's strongly recommended you contact the school district(s) of interest and the New Jersey Department of Education for more information specific to New Jersey.