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The Program in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Teachers College, Columbia University is one of the oldest teacher education programs in the country.  It provides an intensive study of the educational issues of individuals who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing from the perspectives of psychology, anthropology, linguistics, child development, and pedagogy with the aim of preparing teachers who will address the educational and literacy needs of these youngsters. We serve and prepare individuals for work with children who possess a wide range of hearing losses in classes using diverse communication systems.  

Funding Available for Ph.D. Students via NLCSD Consortium

The Program in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is pleased to announce that we have received funding for the Ph.D. Program as a member of the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD). A grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to increase the number of highly skilled Ph.D. students who will become leaders in administration, higher education, policy and education in order to significantly improve the interventions, services, and outcomes for children with sensory disabilities (deafness/hard of hearing, deafblindness, blindness/visual impairment), ages birth to 21. For more information contact the Program coordinator, Dr. Ye Wang (yw2195@tc.columbia.edu) or visit the NLCSD website to learn more about the Consortium, http://www.nlcsdproject.org/.

Our Degree Offerings

MA

40 credit MA that does not currently lead to university endorsed certification but leads to state certification through the individual pathway route. This program is primarily for candidates who are already certified as teachers.

EdM + Dual Certification

60 credit EdM (MA en passant) degree that leads to dual certification as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (all ages) as well as a Teacher of Regular Education at a specific age range or content domain.

EdM Stand Alone

60 credit EdM (MA en passant), stand-alone degree that leads to certification as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (all ages).

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. in Deaf Education covers several areas of study including: advanced study in general special education, advanced study in research paradigms, advanced study in the education of the d/Deaf and hard of hearing, advanced study in linguistics, psycholinguistics, and developmental psycholinguistics and a professional specialization

Ashley Phillips
Student

"As a child I used to hide from my disability, but as years passed I realized there was no reason to hide. I chose Deaf Education because I wanted to stop hiding and teach children with hearing loss to advocate for themselves."

Hia
Student

“I chose Teachers College for its diversity in staff, student body as well as perspective. I've learned not one, but all the philosophies of Deaf Education which made working as an itinerant teacher of the deaf in Brooklyn a much more manageable task. I am better prepared to meet the diverse learning needs of my students.”  

Nadia
Student

“After teaching Deaf adults in the Middle East, I knew that I was passionate about this field and wanted the most from my graduate education. I did not want to tie myself down to one particular education philosophy or approach in Deaf education, because there is not one solution that is right for all people with hearing loss."

Gary Wellbrock
Alumni

"I graduated from TC in 1996, and currently work at the American Sign Language and English School in New York City where I teach deaf and hard of hearing children from diverse backgrounds."

Michelle Tang
Alumni

Michelle is a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in the San Francisco Unified School District. Before receiving her teaching credential, she obtained her Ed.M/MA in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2012.

Deborah
Alumni

Deborah graduated from the TC Deaf Education Program in 2001 and taught at the Murray Bergtraum HS in NYC for ten years.  Since 2010 she has been an itinerant teacher for a diverse group of deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind students from elementary through high school across NYC.

Arielle
Alumni

Arielle and Dana graduated from the TC Deaf Education program in 2011 and Brittany in 2012.  All three are Itinerant TODs working as consultants for the New York City Department of Education.  In 2013 they started an integrated summer day camp called cAMPEDuP.

Dana
Alumni

Arielle and Dana graduated from the TC Deaf Education program in 2011 and Brittany in 2012.  All three are Itinerant TODs working as consultants for the New York City Department of Education.  In 2013 they started an integrated summer day camp called cAMPEDuP.

Brittany
Alumni

Arielle and Dana graduated from the TC Deaf Education program in 2011 and Brittany in 2012.  All three are Itinerant TODs working as consultants for the New York City Department of Education.  In 2013 they started an integrated summer day camp called cAMPEDuP.

DaeShawn
Alumni

DaeShawn graduated from the Deaf Ed/Elementary Education program in May 2013. Since then he has been working in the Bronx as a Hearing Education Related Service Provider within the New York City Department of Education.

Kayla
Alumni

Kayla graduated from the program in May of 2014 and is currently one of three DHOH Teachers at an elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she works with 4th and 5th grade students.

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