Interpreting, Deaf Education and Advocacy Services, B.S. K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure Concentration


K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure is the only program of its kind in N.C. Through a multilingual/multicultural approach, this program prepares students to meet the educational needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, K-12. Graduates work as teachers and educational advocates across all placement environments including schools for the deaf, public school self-contained, resource, and itinerant positions.

Program Distinctions

  • World-renowned faculty and staff with  extensive experience in the field as teachers, researchers, and leaders.More than 90% of graduates obtain employment as teachers within and outside of North Carolina.
  • Accreditations and affiliations include:
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
    • N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)

The Student Experience

  • Extensive supervised field and internship experiences are offered in a variety of educational settings, with options out of state.
  • Specialized and focused instruction on and in American Sign Language (ASL), including a  Sign Language Laboratory.
  • Students collaborate with faculty, staff, and doctoral students on research studies and projects.
  • Opportunities are offered to study abroad and experience international Deaf communities.
  • Students actively participate in the Deaf community as well as in conferences, volunteer placements, professional development, and other networking opportunities.

After Graduation

  • Potential career paths for graduates of the program include teacher, K-12
  • Graduates are commonly employed with private, state, and public schools, The program prepares students for advanced study in education, counseling, communication sciences and disorders, vocational rehabilitation, interpreting, linguistics, and more at nationally recognized institutions.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice. As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the initial teaching license. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. Licensure Reciprocity Information

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A student is admitted to the Program at the end of sophomore year or the start of their junior year.  The following requirements must be met in order to be admitted to the program:

  • Documentation of an overall 2.7 or better GPA and 20 hours of documented successful experience with children
  • A passing score on the Interpreting, Deaf Education, Advocacy and Services (IDEAS) program benchmark assessments.
  • Signed and completed forms outlining Dispositions and Program Requirements
  • Grade of B- or better in SES 250 – Introduction to Professions in Special Education
  • Completed application form and successful acceptance into the Collaborative for Educator Preparation (CEP).
  • A passing score on Praxis I or documented passing scores on the SAT and/or ACT as required by the NC Department of Public Instruction


  • Over the past five years, more than 95% of our graduates have obtained employment as teachers in North Carolina and other states.  Some have also gone on to pursue a Master’s degree and/or were employed as educational consultants.
  • There are 39 other states within the U.S. that will accept a North Carolina teaching license.  Other states have additional requirements such as a state history course or additional tests.  It is recommended that students contact a particular state’s department of education for reciprocity or specific state requirements.
  • The UNCG School of Education offers scholarships from designated, named scholarship monies. The Cato Scholarship is awarded to a student who is preparing to be a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • The Program offers an Add-On Licensure plan of study for those who already have initial licensure (teaching) in NC and wish to add a secondary license in DHH.

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