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.

Deaf Education Program Options

There are three programs in education of the deaf:

Fall of 2015 the undergraduate Dual Early Childhood Education PK-4 and Deaf/HH PK-12 teacher certification program began. This four-year B.S. Dual Certification 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 M.S. teacher preparation program in Deaf Education was established in 1971. New cohorts of graduate students begin their full-time 13-month teacher preparation program each summer..

Future teachers in these programs are provided a variety of courses and field experience necessary to prepare them to become classroom or itinerant teachers of Deaf and hard of hearing children and youth in environments where spoken English, ASL/English Bilingual Education or sign supported English is used.

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


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

Important note regarding out-of-state licensure/certification:

Bloomsburg University is approved to offer Education programs that lead to certification in Pennsylvania. While we regularly monitor licensure/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 and 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 is strongly recommended that you contact the school district(s) of interest and the New Jersey Department of Education for more information specific to New Jersey.