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Early Childhood and Deaf Education


Hearing loss for deaf children and adults means they have a different way to learn and communicate. Edinboro offers the only Early Childhood and Deaf Education program of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. With this degree, you can build a career working with families and teaching children who are deaf from birth to Grade 12 to prepare them to be successful members of society.

According to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, there is an ongoing shortage of teachers for the deaf/hard of hearing in Pennsylvania.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

When you enroll in Edinboro's innovative 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.

Built upon our regionally recognized Deaf Studies minor, this program uses enhanced educational training to expand the focus on students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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 will have 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 four years and be among the first in Pennsylvania to earn this valuable degree.

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,
Dean, School of Education

How Edinboro Supports You.

At Edinboro, you'll learn from faculty who are experienced teachers of the deaf. They bring real-world and best practices together to create a dynamic and relevant learning environment built on their passions for teaching, research and scholarship.

Because you will have many opportunities to interact with students and gain more teaching experience, you will meet state-required competencies sooner than most master's degree level programs.

By 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, you will develop a strong network of like-minded professionals.

You will also be able to expand your knowledge with a minor in Special Education or Dyslexia with a few additional courses.

Your Future

As an alumni, you'll join hundreds of Edinboro graduates who are teaching all across the country. Or you can further your education with one of Edinboro's outstanding graduate programs, including:

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Mary Jo Melvin
Department Chair
330A Butterfield Hall
Email: mmelvin@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-2154

Dr. Karen Wise Lindeman
Program Advisor
314 Butterfield Hall
Email: klindeman@edinboro.edu

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