UWM was the first in the state to offer college-level deaf education programs and it is the only teacher certification program in Wisconsin. Its deep commitment to access and excellence in education for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 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 courses) 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 special education, preparing teachers to support students with special education needs.
  • For those who are in the Southeastern Wisconsin area, sign language courses are available though UWM’s strong American Sign Language Studies Program.
  • You’ll learn from nationally recognized faculty who have extensive experience in the field as well as practicing teachers.
  • The program emphasizes the social and cultural diversity of children with hearing loss and building strong partnerships with families and communities.
  • The program is designed to offer a comprehensive program to support DHH students who use sign language and auditory oral communication.

Contact Us

Have questions about our program and/or admissions?

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

Contact a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

(Last names A – Z) – Nikki Claas


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 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.

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 (*excluding American Sign Language courses) toward possible D/HH certification in your home state. This is a graduate-level teacher certification program, which can be combined with a Master’s degree in Exceptional Education.

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.


profile photoKarla GieseVisiting Assistant ProfessorTeaching and Learninggiesek@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 335