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The deaf education teacher preparation program at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma was established in 1945 and is the second oldest such program west of the Mississippi River. The Division of Education and Speech Language Pathology offers a bachelor of science degree in deaf education. Graduates of the program are employed in a wide variety of educational settings, including public school programs, residential schools and charter and private schools for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The USAO deaf education program prepares teachers to provide appropriate and effective educational opportunities to deaf and hard of hearing students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Graduates who have completed the program meet the requirements set forth by the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and are eligible for certification from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, as well as the Council on Education of the Deaf.

There is currently a shortage of educators of deaf and hard of hearing students in states throughout the nation. Graduates in this field are in high demand and generally have many employment options available to them. Although salaries vary from state to state, teachers in special education fields are frequently compensated at a higher rate than other teaching professionals.

The USAO deaf education curriculum includes coursework from the liberal arts, professional education and deaf education areas. Students also select an area of specialization, such as early childhood education, elementary education or a secondary subject matter area. This broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum enables students to develop a breadth of knowledge and skills that will prepare them to be effective educators.

Note: Items on this page and page links are intended for informational purposes only. Please consult the current USAO catalog for actual class requirements for this or any other major field of study. Current USAO students should consult their advisor.