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
The Education of the Deaf program will equip you to work with a variety of children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing with a range of abilities and preferred modes of communication (both auditory/oral and American Sign Language).
Yes, ASL Levels 1-3 are required prior to being admitted to the program. ASL IV can be taken during your first semester.
The program consists of 120 credit hours. There are 60 credits of prerequisite courses, typically completed during your freshman and sophomore years. These courses need to be completed to be considered for the admittance to the Education of the Deaf program.
The program is delivered in a face-to-face format.
However, a few of the required courses are offered in a hybrid or online
format. We recommend that students in the program have a portable computer with
the option of a high speed connection. The UNF campus has computer labs
available for student use in both the College of Education and Human Services
Building (COEHS) and the Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Faculty that teach in the program have master’s degrees and higher. In fact, the majority of faculty have doctoral degrees ranging from Special Education to Literacy Studies. Faculty who will be teaching deaf specific courses have several years of experience teaching students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of settings (residential schools, self-contained classrooms, inclusion/mainstream, and home environment). These faculty also have active lines of research that include action research in the following areas: language development, reading, preparation and professional development of teachers, and learning environments for students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. Currently, our instructors who teach advanced ASL courses are deaf themselves, thus presenting ASL instruction from the native signer and Deaf culture immersion model.
Certifications and Endorsements
Graduates of the program will earn a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education with a major in Deaf Education. The program also contains the coursework for students to earn ESOL Endorsement. Graduates will have the option to take an additional course in reading to earn a Reading Endorsement. This course is above and beyond the 120 credit required hours required for completion of the program. This initial certification program is approved by the FLDOE.
All teachers need to pass the Florida Teacher Certification (FTCE) Exams. In order to be a highly
qualified, and have an edge over competing job applicants, we recommend taking
at least one general education exam, in addition to the hearing impairment
exam. You will have the most options in the work force if you take all of the
exams listed below:
- Professional Exam
- Hearing Impairment Teachers Exam
- Early Elementary (optional)
- Elementary Education (optional)
- Special Education Teacher Exam (optional)
In order to graduate from the program, all required FTCE exams should be completed at least one month prior to graduation, if not sooner. Our program requires that all students attempt the FTCE Hearing Impairment and Professional Exam prior to enrolling in your internship, the final semester of the program.
Applying and Admissions
Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission
to the program.
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 Colleges or 10 SUS
schools satisfies General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.
- 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.
- Passing scores
(no exceptions) on all four parts of the General Knowledge Exam (GK). FTCE Website
Must have taken and passed with a “C” or better EDF 1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
Student must have completed ASL 1-3 courses
with a B (B-, B, B+) grade or better.
not meeting the minimum admissions requirements for the College of Education
and Human Services may apply for admission under the College's Exceptions
contact the Program Director:
Email is Dr.
Guardino’s preferred initial method