The B.A.E. in Deaf Education is a "comprehensive" program approved by the Florida Department of Education, and undergoing accreditation by the Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED). Pre-service teachers can expect to learn how to teach a diverse range of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). The philosophy of the program 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. Therefore, 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.