Educator of Exceptional Needs:
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Licensure Program
Indiana State University offers the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Licensure Program which is designed to prepare Indiana teachers to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program is made possible by the Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Loss (PASS) grant which is funded by the Indiana Department of Education through the Blumberg Center.
This 20-credit-hour program may be completed in 24 months of study. Students begin in spring and follow the program sequence (spring: 3 credits; summer: 3 credits; fall: 3 credits; spring: 3 credits; summer: 3 credits; fall: 5 credits).
All courses are offered online with one required face-to-face weekend seminars in the first course. Coursework from other colleges/universities in the area of Deaf/Hard of Hearing do not count toward completion of the program.
The PASS Project will make hotel reservations and pay for lodging costs for students who live more than fifty miles (one-way) from where the weekend seminar is held (must be employed by a Indiana school system or special education planning district).
This benefit is subject to change each grant year.
- High-speed Internet access, a webcam, and microphone are required.
- Students are expected to perform and compose work at a graduate level. On-line coursework is similar to a guided independent study. A significant amount of time reading and completing assignments is necessary in order to successfully complete the requirements of the coursework (typically 9-12 hours per week).
- Each course in the program may require field components which will involve identifying, observing and/or interacting with students who are deaf/hard of hearing, their families, and other DHH professionals.
- Priority for enrollment is given to teachers working on an Emergency Permit from the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing and Development in the area of Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by an accredited institution.
- Have earned:
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate course work, or
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level.
- Hold or be eligible for an Indiana teaching license in Special Education or General Education.
- The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.
To apply, complete the online Non-Degree Application.
To be considered, attach the following documents prior to submitting the online application:
- A copy of transcripts for all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). Official transcripts are accepted, but not required.
- A copy of your Indiana teaching license(s).
- A resume including employment information and work experience.
- A copy of your criminal history check if not currently working in an Indiana school district or special education cooperative.
Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements.
Fees & Expenses:
Students in this graduate level program pay for tuition costs and fees. For more information, visit tuition and fees.
Financial Aid & Assistance:
Project Coordinator, PASS
Indiana State University
Please note that distance education is not for everyone. Distance education requires self-motivation, discipline, and an ability to independently complete assignments in a timely manner. Web-based learning can be best described as a facilitated self-study.