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Specialist in Deaf and Hard of Hearing

At Illinois State University, Specialists in Deaf and Hard of Hearing are prepared to teach students ages 3-21 in public, private, and residential programs, taking courses in language, literacy, speech pathology, audiology, and sign language. Ours is one of only three such programs in the state to offer this specialty. We are known for our high quality clinical experiences, for the individual attention we pay each student, and for the unique opportunities ISU offers teacher candidates in this field.

Licensure/Endorsement Earned:

Specialist in Deaf and Hard of Hearing, PreK-21

Program Features

  • One of the top five producers of certified DHH teachers in the United States
  • The only state-university training program and largest of the three programs in Illinois
  • More than 250 hours of clinical experiences in Pre-K through high school placements to prepare for professional teaching roles
  • Opportunities to work with Pre-K through high school students who utilize a variety of assistive technology devices, including cochlear implants, digital hearing aids, sound-field devices, and FM systems even on campus in our University Laboratory Schools
  • Variety of languages and communication modes used by students with hearing loss, including American Sign Language, Cued Speech and Auditory-Oral (listening and spoken language)
  • Partnerships with a variety of public, private, and residential schools across the state and nation
  • High-quality clinical and student teaching experiences including the multi-state network of residential schools for the deaf that accept our candidates for student teaching
  • Personal and professional connections with colleagues that last well beyond your time in our classrooms
  • Active student organization, Deaf Redbirds (DRA), which signs the national anthem at the homecoming football game and sponsors a Deaf Awareness Week


Maribeth Lartz Christy Borders Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh Kari Veldman Stephanie Lipe  
Maribeth Lartz Christy Borders Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh Kari Veldman Stephanie Lipe Amy Blough
2016-08-25T12:45:41.075-05:00 2016