Online Graduate Certificate: Deaf Education (Pre K-12)

Deaf Education
(Pre K-12)

College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

Program Overview

Are you passionate about working with deaf and hard of hearing students in Pre K-12 learning environments? The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers an online Graduate Certificate in Deaf Education (Pre K-12) for teachers interested in an additional ASL teaching endorsement. This fully online graduate certificate program can be tailored to serve a variety of educational career goals. Lead the way in Deaf Education with this 15 credit hour coursework.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775

Testing Requirements


Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

older white male uses American sign language with young female student

Gain Skills to Lead the Way in Deaf Education

The Deaf Education (PreK-12) graduate certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of career goals. For PreK-12 teachers licensed in areas outside of exceptional education, this graduate certificate can be used towards earning an additional endorsement in Deaf Education (PreK-12). For K-12 teachers licensed in an area of exceptional education at the undergraduate level, non-licensed professionals who work in informal education settings, and others who engage in K-12 leadership positions, this graduate certificate provides advanced coursework specifically designed to enhance capacities for designing equity-focused instruction to students with a range of exceptionalities.

Featured Courses

Courses offered for the Deaf Education Graduate Certificate include: (Note: All courses, with the exception of EDDE 419, are taught in American Sign Language.)

EDDE 415: Language Development of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing I

Language development of the deaf and hard of hearing contrasted with scope and sequence of normal language development. Formal linguistic systems used to describe language development.

EDDE 416: Language Development of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing II

Language assessment and intervention approaches for deaf and hard of hearing.

EDDE 419: Speech Development & Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Introduction to speech development, perception and production of speech, fundamental aspects of auditory anatomy and physiology, amplification, and aural habilitation/rehabilitation.

EDDE 528: Curriculum Development Applied to Programs of Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Current curriculum trends are adapted for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. New curriculum options and current educational theories. Development and field-testing of instructional techniques. 

EDDE 529: Teaching Reading, Writing & Reasoning to Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Theoretical principles and instructional approaches that contribute to effective learning of reading, writing and reasoning among students with hearing loss. 

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Ready to Lead the Way in Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing?