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.

BU's Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program faculty are committed to preparing teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Future teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students are provided with competencies necessary to serve students on an individual and classroom basis, whatever the individual needs of the DHH child may be. Future teachers in this program are provided a variety of courses and hands-on experiences to prepare them to teach students in a diversity of language and communication environments including educational programs conducted through listening and speaking, ASL/English Bilingual Education programs and programs utilizing sign supported English.

Hands-on environments include our two camps, that is, the BU Preschool Mini-Camp for DHH children where we pair our students with a DHH preschool aged child for a six-day experience on the BU campus. Following the mini-camp with young DHH children is our school-aged Camp HERO (Here Everyone Really is One) experience. Future teacher candidates become counselor/teachers during this is a week-long overnight camp where in 2018 we had 61 DHH campers. Preparing future teachers of deaf and hard of hearing children and youth to become competent in a wide variety of skills and abilities is the primary goal of BU program at Bloomsburg.

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

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 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'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.