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Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education Program

Program Options in the Deaf Education Program

Bachelor's in Deaf Education    Deaf Education Minor    Certificate in Deaf Ed






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 undergoing accreditation 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 (signed or spoken language), language and academic proficiency levels, use of hearing technology (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:

  • 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 public community/state colleges or SUS schools satisfies General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 or better in all college level course work.
  • Passing scores (no exemptions) on all four parts of the Florida General Knowledge (GK) Test. Transferring students, students changing majors, or students who have not presented passing scores on all four parts of the GK exam will not be permitted to enroll in any upper level education courses until they have been admitted into COEHS Teacher Preparation Programs.

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.

Specific admission requirements.

This is an Initial Certification Program in Hearing Impairment approved by the FLDOE

  • ESOL Endorsement
  • Optional Reading Endorsement

Deaf Education (Bachelor of Arts in Education)

Major: Deaf Education

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Education
Students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through successful completion of a civic literacy course or by achieving a passing score on an assessment prior to earning their degree.
Select 1 option:
Option 1:
Successfully complete one of the classes listed below with a "C" or higher.
  • AMH2020 U.S. History since 1877
  • POS2041 Intro. to American Government
    Option 2: Achieve a passing score, 60 or higher, on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test with supplemental questions.
Prerequisites (14 credits)
A minimum "C" grade for all prerequisites is required.
ASL2140 American Sign Language I (4 Credits)
ASL2150 American Sign Language II (4 Credits)
ASL4131 American Sign Language III (3 Credits)
EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession (3 Credits)
Core Requirements (7 credits)
EEX4616 Clsrm Mgmt Exceptional Learner (3 Credits)
  • Summer only
  • Select 4 credits from the following three practicum courses:
  • EHD 3941 Deaf Ed Field Practicum I
  • EHD 4904 Deaf Ed Field Practicum II
  • EHD 4943 Deaf Ed Service Learning Practicum
Major Requirements (41 credits)
ASL4205 Teaching Bilingual DHH Student (3 Credits)
EEX3202 Psych/Soc Learners Exceptional (3 Credits)
Offered every term
EEX3250 Read Mthds:Learners Exception (3 Credits)
EEX4281 Car Dev/Trans Learners Excep (3 Credits)
EHD4245 Lang. & Lit for DHH Students (3 Credits)
EHD4261 Audiology Speech Science (3 Credits)
EHD4263 Teaching LSL DHH Student (3 Credits)
EHD4270 Teach DHH Diverse Settings (2 Credits)
EHD4291 Curriculum & Instr. for DHH (3 Credits)
EHD4293 Read Instru and Assess for DHH (3 Credits)
EHD4311 Psychology & Education Deaf (3 Credits)
LAE3210 Foundations of Literacy (3 Credits)
TSL3080 Principles and Issues in TESOL (3 Credits)
TSL4340 TESOL Methods and Curriculum (3 Credits)
Internships (12 credits)
EHD4944 Deaf Education Internship (12 Credits)


  • 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.