• Proposed Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education Program

    The new B.A.E Deaf Education program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016. Below is information regarding the new program. Please continue to check our website to read periodic updates or feel free to email the Program Director, Dr. Caroline Guardino for more information: caroline.guardino@unf.edu Thank you!


    The mission of the Deaf Education program is to develop highly effective teachers who are equipped to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of educational settings and have mastered the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) teaching standards.


    The B.A.E. in Deaf Education is a “comprehensive” program accredited by the Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED). Pre-service teachers must be prepared for the diverse nature of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Our philosophy is to respect and address diversity within the field by ensuring that all graduates are well-prepared and equipped for the challenges of educating all students with hearing loss. Pre-service teachers in the program will learn a comprehensive and balanced perspective of students’ varying communication modes (sign and/or listening and spoken language), language and academic proficiency levels, use of assistive hearing devices (hearing aids or cochlear implants), family dynamics, and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Because these characteristics directly impact a child’s learning experiences, educational services, emotional development, and social interactions, it is of utmost importance that graduates of our program are experienced and adept in all of these aforementioned areas. 


    Admission to the Program


    Applicants seeking admission to the College of Education and Human Services must have the following to be eligible:

    1) Satisfactory completion of 60 semester hours of credit from UNF or other regionally accredited institution(s). An Associate in Arts Degree (AA) from one of Florida's 28 Community/State Colleges or 10 SUS schools satisfies General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.

    2) A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in all college level course work taken at UNF and all previously attended institutions.

    3) Passing scores (no exceptions) on all four parts of the General Knowledge Exam, one component of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams.

    4) Three COEHS prerequisite courses, which are: EDF1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession, EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators, and EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators

    Students not meeting the minimum admissions requirements for the College of Education and Human Services may apply for admission under the College's Exceptions Policy.

    For specific admission requirements please view the following link: http://www.unf.edu/catalog/admissions/undergrad/Undergraduate_and_Post-baccalaureate/




    This is an Initial Certification Program in Hearing Impairment (FLDOE) with:

    ESOL Endorsement

    Optional Reading Endorsement


    Program Prerequisites


    ASL Levels I-IV

    EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession

    EDF2085 Intro to Diversity Educators

    EME2040 Intro to Tech for Educators


    Core Requirements (3 credits)


    EEX 4616 Clsrm Mgt LrnrsS Excpt


    Clinical Requirements (16 credits)


    Select 2 of the following courses:

    EHD 4000* Deaf Ed. Practicum I (2.0)

    EHD 4940* Deaf Ed. Practicum II (2.0)

    EHD 4000* Deaf Ed. Service Learn (2.0)


    Internship is required of all students:

    EHD 4000* Student Internship (12.0)


    Major Requirements (41 credits)


    EEX 3202       Psy/Soc Exceptional Learners

    EEX 4281       Soc, Per, Car: Learners with Exceptionalities

    EEX 3250       Reading Methods for Exceptional Learners

    LAE 3210        Foundations of Literacy

    TSL 3080        Principles & Issues in TESOL

    TSL 4340        TESOL Methods & Curriculum

    ASL 4000*      Advanced ASL Conversational Skills

    EHD 4311       Educational/Psych of the Deaf

    EHD 4261       Audiology Speech Science

    EHD 4245       Lang Dev/Literacy Instruction & Assessment

    EHD 4000*     Auditory/Oral Strategies

    EHD 4000*     Teaching Students Use Adv. Hearing Technology

    EHD 4000*     Reading Instr/Assessment: Deaf/HH

    EHD 4000*     Math, Science and Social Studies: Curriculum & Instruction: DHH Learners


    *4000 courses are undergoing the academic approval process.

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    • No more than 10 semester hours can be completed before a student is fully admitted including a maximum of 6 semester hours of approved transfer credits from another institution.
    • A student may receive credit for a course only once. However, the GPA will reflect all repeated courses.
    • An approved Dual/Concurrent enrollment form is required prior to registering for courses at another institution.
    • Students are strongly advised not to enroll in courses at another institution during their last semester at UNF.
    • Graduation will most likely be delayed for students who attempt dual enrollment in their last semester.
    • Student must obtain passing scores on all three parts of the FTCE (General Knowledge, Professional Education and Subject Area Exam) to complete internship and to be eligible for graduation.