UWM’s pioneering programs for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students — the first such programs in Wisconsin — began nearly a century ago. Now an online Master’s program brings our faculty’s expertise to students from across the nation.

This program prepares special education professionals to meet the needs of children, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH). The program builds upon competencies and experiences of current teachers with certification in special education (any area and/or cross-categorical) and develops skills specifically needed to support learning and development in children with hearing loss.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • You’ll benefit from UWM’s rich history and expertise in the field of exceptional education, including our strong American Sign Language Studies and Interpreter Training programs.
  • You can take all your coursework (excluding American Sign Language) online, a convenient way to fit classes into your busy life. UWM is a nationally known leader in online education, and our online faculty — the same professors you’ll find on campus — undergo additional curricular and technology training to make their online instruction as effective as possible.
  • You can arrange teaching experiences during the academic year in your geographic area. One summer teaching experience in Milwaukee is required.
  • You can take advantage of UWM’s online academic advising, electronic library resources, call-in help center and other support services no matter where you live.

We schedule some face-to-face meetings in Milwaukee for orientation and special presentations, and students are given advance notice to allow for travel time for those coming from outside Southeastern Wisconsin. Out-of-state students may use Internet video conferencing for these meetings. For more information, please consult:

D/HH Certification Program Handbook for Licensed Special Education Teachers (PDF)

D/HH Experiences & Requirements (PDF)

Program of Study

This program’s core courses begin in the summer, and there is a general sequence of courses that builds knowledge and skills one semester to the next. You may start taking core courses upon admission.

A two-year program of study includes 3 to 7 credits of coursework each semester. All courses are online with teaching experiences in your geographic area, except for a summer teaching experience in Milwaukee and any required sign language courses.

Course Sequence Sheet for the D/HH Master’s Program (PDF)


D/HH Application & Acceptance Process (PDF)

Tuition and Financial Aid

D/HH Tuition & Financial Aid Information Sheet (PDF)


For More Information

Exceptional Education
Enderis Hall 610
(414) 229-5251