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Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education is designed to develop highly effective teachers who are equipped to teach 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. Pre-service teachers in the program 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 hearing aids and cochlear implants as well as assistive technology, family dynamics, and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.This is an Initial Certification Program in K-12 in the Area of Deaf or Hard of Hearing with ESOL endorsement approved by the FLDOE.


The program is a cohort model with cohorts beginning each Fall semester.  Practicum 1 (EHD 3941) and Practicum 3 (EHD 4270) will only be offered in Fall semesters while Practicum 2 (EHD 4940) will only be offered in the Spring.  If you have any questions about this change please contact your advisor or the program faculty.  


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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.
  • Please contact the program faculty by email at and Dr. O'Farrell by email at for more information. 

Admission Denied

Students not meeting the minimum admissions requirements for the University may apply for admission by completing the University's Admission Decision Appeal Form. Applications submitted prior to June 1, 2021, please email your appeal directly to


Students not meeting the minimum admission requirements for the College of Education and Human Services should contact our Deaf Education Academic Advisor, Hailey Miller and the Program Faculty for alternative pathways to enter the Deaf Education program.



  • 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 the FTCE exams (Professional Education and Subject Area Exam) to be eligible for graduation.