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.
  • If you do not have certification and/or teaching experience, teaching experiences during the academic year can be arranged and supervised 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.

There are key face-to-face meetings in Milwaukee that will be scheduled for orientation and special presentations. Students are given advance notice to allow travel time for individuals coming from outside Southeastern Wisconsin. We will use internet video conferencing for out-of-state students 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)

Note: Successful completion of UWM’s MS in Exceptional Education – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education program does not qualify students for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. UWM will assist candidates in contacting the appropriate licensing board in the state in which the candidate’s preparation was completed and will assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of UWM’s MS in Exceptional Education – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education program.

A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board ((515) 281-5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov/) for licensure requirements in Iowa.


D/HH Application & Acceptance Process (PDF)

Tuition and Financial Aid

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

Contact Us

Have questions about our program and/or admissions?

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721