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University Program Overview

Program Description

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the only accredited program for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Minnesota.  The deaf and hard of hearing specialization at the University of Minnesota can lead to Birth-12 licensure and an M.Ed. that is designed to prepare teachers to work in a variety of educational settings.  

The program philosophy focuses on cultural and social diversity and meeting the needs of individual students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Graduates are prepared to assess, analyze and problem solve the challenges of learning for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, focusing on the objective of providing effective teaching practices and instructional strategies.  To learn more, including program and coursework requirements, visit their website.  The University of Minnesota also offers a website for Education Resources for Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students.  

The U of M Deaf and Hard of Hearing graduate program graduates about 12-15 students each year and about ninety percent of the graduates remain in the state of Minnesota and work in the field an average of 15 or more years in addition about 60 percent of the deaf and hard of hearing educators in the state of Minnesota are graduates of the University of Minnesota program

Figure 1:  University of Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Program Statistics
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The University of Minnesota is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).  

Founded in 1954, NCATE helps establish high quality teacher preparation by accreditating schools, colleges, and departments of education.

CED is an organization that maintains high standards for persons working with deaf and/or hard of hearing students in the education process.  The Council certifies professionals according to the established guidelines in the specific area of training and expertise.  
In addition to the requirements to meet the national and state accreditation standards, the University of Minnesota must meet the required competencies as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.
For additional accreditation information specific to the University of Minnesota, contact the Special Education department at