UWM was the first in the state to offer college-level deaf education programs, and its deep commitment to the deaf community and legacy of excellence continues today.

This program prepares educators to work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, ultimately resulting in certification to teach children in pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Why Choose Us?

  • You can take all your coursework (excluding American Sign Language) online and complete teaching experiences in your geographic area, making the program accessible to students who live outside of Southeastern Wisconsin or other busy adults.
  • You’ll benefit from UWM’s deep history and expertise in exceptional education, including our strong American Sign Language Studies and Interpreter Training programs.
  • You’ll learn from nationally recognized faculty who have extensive experience in the field.
  • We emphasize the social and cultural diversity of the signing community, which provides a foundation for building personal and professional relationships across socio-cultural communities.
  • We offer a comprehensive program to support D/HH students who use sign language and auditory communication.

Distance Education

If you already hold a special education teaching certification in your state of residence, you can complete D/HH certification in Wisconsin or complete online courses (other than American Sign Language courses, which must be taken in person) toward possible D/HH certification in your home state. This is a graduate-level teacher evaluation program, which can be combined with a Master’s degree in Exceptional Education.

Program Sheets

See the D/HH Program Summary Sheet (PDF) for general program information.

Admission Criteria

A Bachelor’s degree in any area is required for application. The program requirements for certification depend upon your educational background and previous teacher certification, though typically program length is approximately two years.

The D/HH program is a cohort model program that begins coursework in the summer. We encourage you to apply in the fall, or early in spring, for admission consideration. You can find specific application deadlines on our Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Teacher Certification Admissions page, which also includes program application packet, information session dates, and additional application information.

Project ADEPT

Project ADEPT Information Sheet (PDF)


For More Information

Exceptional Education
Enderis Hall 610
(414) 229-5251

Dr. Amy Otis-Wilborn
D/HH Faculty Coordinator