Early Childhood and Deaf Education

Bachelor of Science | School of Education
Edinboro University

Prepare children who are deaf or hard of hearing to thrive.

Hearing loss for deaf children and adults means they have a different way to learn and communicate. With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Deaf Education degree from Edinboro University – the only program of its kind in western Pennsylvania – you’ll be equipped to build a career working with families and children from birth to Grade 12 to prepare them to be successful members of society.

Coursework will prepare you to become a teacher of deaf students, able to work in public and private schools. You’ll learn the basics of audiology, American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, how to manage inclusive educational environments, as well as strategies, assessment and literacy instruction for students who are deaf. You’ll also get hands-on field experiences, like the preschool in Butterfield Hall run by the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

When it’s time to graduate, you’ll be ready with the skills and experience to take both the Early Childhood PA Certification Exam for PreK-Grade 4 and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing PA Certification Exam for Birth to Grade 12. You’ll earn two certifications in just 4 years.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Interact with students sooner and gain more teaching opportunities.

An undergraduate degree in Deaf Education allows you to meet state-required teaching competencies sooner, ahead of most programs at a master’s degree level. As a teacher candidate, you can earn the certification and enter the workforce with a four-year degree that fills a need, since research from the U.S. Department of Education recognizes a shortage of teachers for deaf students in Pennsylvania.

Be part of a pioneering program in a collaborative setting.

By taking part in Edinboro’s innovative degree program in Deaf Education, you’ll follow a groundbreaking path of coursework that combines established teacher training and shared resources in early childhood education, special education and communication sciences and disorders while meeting Pennsylvania Department of Education competencies. Prepared to teach in a variety of settings, you’ll be among the first to earn this four-year degree. Built upon Edinboro’s regionally recognized Deaf Studies minor, the program uses enhanced educational training to expand focus on students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Approach teaching from an inclusive perspective.

As a student in the Deaf Education program, you’ll learn how to teach from a bi-cultural and bilingual approach, so you can teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing how to learn and communicate. Expand your knowledge with a minor in Special Education or Dyslexia with a few additional courses. Other opportunities for you through Edinboro’s legacy of teacher education include:

Learning from faculty with experiences as teachers of the deaf who bring real world and best practices together to create a dynamic and relevant learning environment with passions for teaching, research and scholarship.

Becoming a member of a professional organization such as Council for Exceptional Children, Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, Early Childhood Club, American Sign Language Club, or the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Fraternity.

Joining hundreds of Edinboro Alumni, who are teaching all across the country. Then, the ability to pursue one of Edinboro’s Graduate programs in reading education, curriculum and instruction and other education-related topics.

“It’s important – as we train the next generation of school teachers and educators – to ensure that there are no barriers between children and education.”

Dr. Erinn Lake, School of Education dean


Dr. Mary Jo Melvin, Department Chair
Email: mmelvin@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814.732.2154

Dr. Karen Wise Lindeman, Program Advisor
Email: klindeman@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814.732.1550

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000