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Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing and Elementary Education


About TCNJ’s Program in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The teacher preparation program in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a five-year integrated bachelor’s and master’s program which culminates in several teaching certifications:

  • Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing oral/aural,
  • Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Sign Communication (a passing score on a State-mandated sign communication interview is required for this),  and
  • Elementary Education K-6.

The program is designed for students who have completed high school and are first-time freshman and for transfer students from community colleges or other four-year institutions. Previous coursework or knowledge of sign language is not necessary for acceptance into the program. Students are given credit for Advanced Placement. Please check the TCNJ website for transferable AP scores and college course equivalents.

At the undergraduate level, students have a dual major:  Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing and one of 11 subject matter areas selected from  art, English, mathematics, history, biology, Spanish, music, psychology, sociology, women and gender studies, or iSTEM. Students whose dual major is in a teachable subject area (i.e., not psychology or sociology) will have the opportunity to seek a subject matter specialization to teach that subject in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Having completed a dual major in a liberal arts area and in deaf education, students will earn a bachelor’s degree without teacher certification at the end of their fourth year. The course of study continues through the following summer and academic year and culminates with the student’s earning a master’s degree and all applicable certifications.  Students will need to meet all requirements of The College of New Jersey and the School of Education at the end of the fourth year in order to be admitted to the fifth year.

For admission to the program, students must apply to The College of New Jersey and select Deaf Education as their major. They must also select a second major.


The four-year speech pathology and audiology undergraduate major is accepting students for fall 2018.Learn More
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