Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teacher Education

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education program is a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma offered to qualified Canadian teachers. While open mainly to Ontario teachers, the program offers a limited number spaces in an online format to non-Ontario residents who are qualified to teach in their own provinces.

The program, which is the only one of its kind in Ontario and one of few across Canada, prepares qualified teachers to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of educational programs and across the full range of communication/modality options. The program is offered on a full-time (residents of Ontario) or part-time (residents of Ontario & non-Ontario residents) basis in a combination of face-to-face and online formats.

The program was established in 1989 and is delivered by both faculty and practitioners in the field.

Graduates earn a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from York University, and graduates from our Ontario program who are certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) are recommended for the Additional Qualification (AQ), “Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”, with a specialization in either ASL Communication or Oral/Aural Communication. The program is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH). Graduates of the program may have the qualifications to teach outside of Ontario, nationally or internationally, as teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. It is each individual's responsibility to check with jurisdictions outside of Ontario to confirm if the program is recognized for employment, as determined by each educational jurisdiction.

Full-time program (Residents of Ontario)

The full-time program is offered in one academic year, over two semesters, beginning in August and finishing in April.

Students enrolled in the full-time program primarily access courses by attending face-to-face classes in our designated classroom on the York University campus, with some online learning activities. Classes are generally scheduled for Monday through Thursday. However, there are a number of field trips, observations, guest lectures, etc. scheduled on many Fridays, so students need to be available full-time. Fall term courses typically run during the day between 9:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Winter term courses are scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on some days and afternoons and evenings between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on other days. Please note that schedule times can fluctuate from year to year. Full-time students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and complete the entire program as a cohort in one year.

Practicum Requirements in the Program

All students must complete 400 hours of practicum (320 hours of direct teaching and 80 hours of observation). Part-time students will complete their practicum placements in the third year of the program. Students may be asked to travel to practicum placements and will be responsible for all expenses incurred.

Students enrolled in the program will be required to provide proof of and maintain a current, original Criminal Record Check that includes a Vulnerable Sector Screening, as required by provincial law and the school board throughout the duration of the program.

Program Requirements

To remain in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program, students must maintain a minimum grade of a C+ in each course. If a failing grade is received in any course or practicum placement, students will be ineligible to continue and will be withdrawn from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program. In addition, current, unrestricted membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) must be maintained through the entire program.

Program Completion

Graduates of the program earn a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from York University, and are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for the qualification, “Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”, with a specialization in either ASL/LSQ Communication, or Oral/Aural Communication. The program is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH). It is each individual’s responsibility to check with jurisdictions outside of Ontario to confirm if the program will be recognized for employment.

Tuition

Tuition for this program is subsidized by the Ontario government for those Ontario residents.

Students will be required to pay material fees for some courses and to purchase textbooks and other personal learning materials; these materials are not subsidized.

Click here for Admission Requirements.

Part-time program (Residents of Ontario)

The part-time program is a three-year program beginning in August and finishing in April of each year.

Part-time students complete the majority of their courses online, but are required to attend classes on campus for some specific courses. Part-time students enroll in two courses per term in a prescribed order and should plan to dedicate approximately five to seven hours per course each week. This time commitment takes into account participation in the online class (i.e., viewing the sessions) and completing the associated coursework.

Practicum Requirements in the Program

All students must complete 400 hours of practicum (320 hours of direct teaching and 80 hours of observation). Part-time students will complete their practicum placements in the third year of the program. Students may be asked to travel to practicum placements and will be responsible for all expenses incurred. If currently employed, it is strongly recommended that students discuss the practicum requirements with their school boards and school administrators at the time of applying to the program.

Students enrolled in the program will be required to provide proof of and maintain a current, original Criminal Record Check that includes a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), as required by provincial law and the school board throughout the duration of the program.

Program Requirements

To remain in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program, students must maintain a minimum grade of a C+ in each course. If a failing grade is received in any course or practicum placement, teacher candidates will be ineligible to continue and will be withdrawn from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program. In addition, current, unrestricted membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) must be maintained through the entire program.

Program Completion

Graduates of the program earn a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from York University, and are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for the qualification, “Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”, with a specialization in either ASL/LSQ Communication, or Oral/Aural Communication. The program is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH). It is each individual’s responsibility to check with jurisdictions outside of Ontario to confirm if the program will be recognized for employment.

Tuition

Tuition for this program is subsidized by the Ontario government for those Ontario residents.

Students will be required to pay material fees for some courses and to purchase textbooks and other personal learning materials; these materials are not subsidized.

Click here for Admission Requirements for Residents of Ontario.

Part-time program (Non-Ontario residents)

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program offers a limited number of additional spaces to Canadian applicants from outside Ontario. Please note that admission requirements and tuition fees are different for non-Ontario applicants.

Non-Ontario residents take the program part-time over three years, from August to April each year and enroll in two courses per term in a prescribed order. The learning expectations of the program and the assignments are the same for all students.

Practicum Requirements in the Program

All students must complete 400 hours of practicum (320 hours of direct teaching and 80 hours of observation). Part-time students will complete their practicum placements in the third year of the program. Students may be asked to travel to practicum placements and will be responsible for all expenses incurred. If currently employed, it is strongly recommended that students discuss the practicum requirements with their school boards and school administrators at the time of applying to the program.

Students enrolled in the program will be required to provide proof of and maintain a current, original Criminal Record Check that includes a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), as required by provincial law and the school board throughout the duration of the program.

Program Requirement(s)

To remain in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program, students must maintain a minimum grade of a C+ in each course. If a failing grade is received in any course or practicum placement, teacher candidates will be ineligible to continue and will be withdrawn from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program. In addition, current, unrestricted membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) must be maintained through the entire program.

Program Completion

Graduates of the program earn 36 university credits and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from York University. It is each individual's responsibility to check with jurisdictions outside of Ontario to confirm if the program will be recognized for employment.

Tuition

Tuition costs for the upcoming academic year are outlined in the application package.

Students will be required to pay material fees for some courses and to purchase textbooks and other personal learning materials. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Click here for Admission Requirements for Non-Ontario residents.

The application is available in mid-December each year and the application deadline is March 15, 2019.

All applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee after March 15th. Only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted for a telephone or Skype interview. Admission decisions will be made by mid to late April and communicated by early May. Contact with applicants will be made using email throughout the process as appropriate.

Please Note: All applicants will receive an email with the final decision of the Admissions Committee by early May. This information will be communicated via the email address provided on the application.

Full-time Program (Residents of Ontario)

Admission Requirements (Residents of Ontario):

  1. Membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) with no limitations and/or restrictions, which must be maintained throughout the program;
  2. BEd degree with a minimum grade-point average of B in both academic and practicum courses; and
  3. Documentation of two successfully-completed American Sign Language (ASL) courses at a recognized college/university or community-based (e.g., Canadian Hearing Society) program.

Applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their:

  • Teaching experience in elementary and/or secondary school classrooms
  • Experience with deaf or hard of hearing students
  • Academic background
  • Credentials, related additional qualifications, and professional development activities
  • Volunteer experience

Part-time Program (Residents of Ontario)

Admission Requirements (Residents of Ontario):

  1. Membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) with no limitations and/or restrictions, which must be maintained throughout the program;
  2. BEd degree with a minimum grade-point average of B in both academic and practicum courses; and
  3. Documentation of two successfully-completed American Sign Language (ASL) courses at a recognized college/university or community-based (e.g., Canadian Hearing Society) program.

Applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their:

  • Teaching experience in elementary and/or secondary school classrooms
  • Experience with deaf or hard of hearing students
  • Academic background
  • Credentials, related additional qualifications, and professional development activities
  • Volunteer experience

Part-time Program (Non-Ontario Residents)

Admission Requirements (Non-Ontario residents):

  1. Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen who resides in Canada, yet outside of the province of Ontario;
  2. BEd or equivalent with a minimum grade-point average of B in both academic and practicum courses;
  3. Documentation of two successfully-completed American Sign Language (ASL) courses at a recognized college/university or community based (e.g., Canadian Hearing Society) program; and
  4. Current Canadian Provincial/Territorial Teacher Certificate in good standing.

Note: Graduates of our Part-time Program for Non-Ontario Residents will earn a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma but will not qualify for the OCT credential.

Applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their:

  • Teaching experience in elementary and/or secondary school classrooms
  • Experience with deaf or hard of hearing students
  • Academic background
  • Credentials, related additional qualifications, and professional development activities
  • Volunteer experience

Program course work consists of a core set of comprehensive courses, totaling 27.00 credits, and three specialization courses, totaling 9.00 credits. Courses designated as 6.00 are 72-hour courses; those designated as 3.00 are 36-hour courses.

All course work deals with areas pertinent to deaf and hard of hearing education. These areas include: language and literacy development; oral communication; deaf and hard of hearing studies; bilingual/bicultural education; American Sign Language; audiology; listening and speaking; hearing technologies; and working with deaf and hard of hearing learners in inclusive settings. Students must also complete practicum placements.

Core courses

  • Language, Literacy and Development 1 (6.00)
  • Language and Literacy Development 2 (6.00)
  • Educational Audiology (6.00)
  • Educational Use of Signed Language (3.00)
  • Deaf Studies - An Introduction (3.00)
  • Teaching and Learning Seminar (3.00)
  • Practicum (includes two four-week practica, totaling 400 hours of teaching)

Specialization courses

Students are required to choose an area of specialization after completing most of the core prerequisite courses. Students choose either the ASL Communication Stream or the Oral/Aural Communication Stream and complete the appropriate three courses assigned to the area of specialization. Students do not need to choose a specialization prior to program entry.

To enrol in the ASL stream, students must have the ability to teach with ASL as the language of instruction. An assessment of ASL skills is arranged by the program for students who express interest in the ASL stream.

Specialization courses for the Oral/Aural Communication stream are:

  • Listening and Speaking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners (3.00)
  • Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners in Inclusive Settings (3.00)
  • Classroom Amplification (3.00)

Specialization courses for the ASL Communication stream are:

  • ASL Deaf Studies-Culture and Community (3.00)
  • American Sign Language - Linguistics (3.00)
  • Bilingual Bicultural Education (3.00)

Deaf Education Graduates

I didn’t pick up my diploma or I would like to have my diploma mailed to me, who do I contact?

For all inquiries regarding your diploma, please contact the Registrar’s Office at York University.

How do I get a copy of my transcript?

The D/HH Program cannot provide transcripts or grades.  To get a transcript, please contact the Registrar’s Office at York University.

How do I get my Specialist qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers?

How long does it take for my completed qualifications to show up on my OCT record?

It can take approximately four to six weeks for your recommendation to be processed by the Ontario College of Teachers and before you will be able to see it on your record.  Please note that this timeline is an estimate only.

I have just graduated from the program. Do I need to contact the Ontario College of Teachers or will York University send my recommendation for me?

You do not need to contact the Ontario College of Teachers for this purpose.  York University will submit your recommendation of successful completion of the D/HH Program to the Ontario College of Teachers.

Deaf Education Program

Can I take longer than three years to complete the program?

Yes, you can take up to a maximum of five years to complete the D/HH Program.

Can I fast track and complete the part time program in less than three years?

The part-time program is a three-year program.  The program cannot be completed in less than three-years due to the sequence of the courses and their prerequisites, and the requirement that courses be completed prior to practicum placements.

Can I take the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program at the same time that I am taking my BEd?

You cannot take the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program while taking your BEd course.  Students enrolled in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program are required to be current members in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers or other Provincial/Territorial Teacher Licensing Organization.

I have some ASL skills; do I qualify to enroll in the ASL Stream?

To enroll in the ASL stream, you must have the ability to teach with ASL as the language of instruction. An assessment of ASL skills is arranged by the program for Teacher Candidates who express interest in the ASL stream.

I won’t graduate from my BEd Program until June; can I still apply for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program?

Yes, you can still apply to the program. You may be offered a conditional acceptance with your six-digit Ontario College of Teacher Registration number or proof of application to the appropriate Provincial/Territorial Teacher Licensing Organization.

Teacher Candidates must provide documentation to show that they are a member of the Ontario College of Teachers with no limitations and/or restrictions prior to the program start date.

Teacher Candidates living outside of Ontario are required to provide documentation to show that they are a member in good standing with no limitations and/or restrictions with the Provincial/Territorial licensing body from the current Province/Territory with which they are registered to teach prior to the program start date.

What type of documentation is required to be submitted as proof of completion of my ASL courses?

The following will be accepted as proof of completion:

  • Certificate from the program
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Completion on the institution/organization letterhead.

Do I have to take my ASL courses at York University?

York University offers ASL courses, but applicants may complete their courses from any recognized college/university or community organization.

Do I have to complete both ASL courses before I can apply to the program?

No; you do not have to complete both ASL Courses before applying to the program.  You must be in the process of completing your ASL courses and if accepted into the D/HH program, the offer will be conditional on the prerequisite being met.

What other fees are associated with this program?

Other fees may consist of,  but are not limited to the following:

  • Textbooks/materials for courses
  • Expenses in relation to practicum placement
  • Field Trips

Do I have to meet all of the prerequisites to take this program?

Yes; applicants must meet all of the prerequisites or be in the process of meeting prerequisites.

I work in a field related to teaching or have experience working with Deaf or hard of hearing individuals. Can I apply to the program?

We are not able to accept applicants who do not meet the prerequisites of the program.  Please refer to the Admission Requirements.

When does the program start and end? When will I have classes?

The full-time program runs for one academic year. Classes start the end of August, and the program finishes at the end of April. There is a two-week break at Christmas, and there are no classes during March Break. Fall term courses run until approximately the 3rd week of November, followed by a 4-week teaching practicum. Winter term courses run until the end of March, followed by a second 4-week teaching practicum.

Classes are generally scheduled for Monday through Thursday. However, there are a number of field trips, observations, guest lectures, etc. scheduled on many Fridays, so Teacher Candidates need to be available full-time.

Is any part of the full-time program online?

There may be some classes which are online; however, the majority of the classes for full-time Teacher Candidates take place on campus, and you are expected to attend all scheduled classes.

I’m not sure I understand what the “streams” are. When do I need to choose a stream?

The Ontario College of Teachers has mandated that graduates of the program be certified in either the Oral/Aural stream, or the ASL stream. This will be identified on your diploma from York University, and on your Teacher Record Card from the OCT. Your stream is intended to highlight a particular skill set, but does not necessarily limit where you can be hired. You will be selecting a stream midway through the fall term and will register for the three courses associated with that stream.

If you are interested in taking the ASL stream, you will need to demonstrate a level of ASL proficiency sufficient to teach in that language. Teacher Candidates interested in this stream will be required to take the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), and will need to obtain at least a rating of 3 on that scale. This assessment is arranged by the Program to be done via FUZE and there are no costs associated with it for participants.

Questions

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program Office
Phone: 416-736-5971
TTY: 416-736-5972
deafed@edu.yorku.ca