Admission Requirements / How to Apply (Residents of Ontario)

The York University Faculty of Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program is a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma offered to qualified Ontario teachers. The program is currently the only one of its kind in Ontario and one of very few across Canada. This program prepares qualified teachers to work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in a variety of educational settings and communication/modality options. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program provides the broadest possible base for Teacher Candidates to learn how to teach effectively in this specialized field.

Admission Requirements for Ontario Residents include the following:

  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. B.Ed. 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.

Teacher Candidates 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 coursework 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. Teacher Candidates must also complete practicum placements.

The program is offered on either a full-time or part-time basis in a combination of face-to-face and online learning formats. The learning expectations of the program and the assignments are the same for all Teacher Candidates.

Application Package for 2017

Applications are due March 15, 2017

Application Process

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.