The York University Faculty of Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program is a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma offered to qualified 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 effectively teach in this specialized field.
The out-of-province program option is offered as a part-time three-year program beginning in August and finishing in April each year. Part-time Teacher Candidates enroll in two courses per term in a prescribed order. The learning expectations of the program and the assignments are the same for all Teacher Candidates. Teacher Candidates enrolled should plan to spend 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.
Admission Requirements for out-of-province applicants are as follows:
- Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen who resides in Canada, yet outside of the province of Ontario;
- Ed. or equivalent with a minimum grade-point average of B in both academic and practicum courses;
- 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
- Current Canadian Provincial/Territorial Teacher Certificate in good standing.
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 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. Teacher Candidates must also complete practicum placements.
Practicum Requirements in the Program
All Teacher Candidates must complete 400 hours of practicum (320 hours of direct teaching and 80 hours of observation). Part-time Teacher Candidates will complete their practicum placement in the third year of the program. Teacher candidates may be asked to travel and will be responsible for all expenses incurred. If currently employed, it is strongly recommended that Teacher Candidates discuss the practicum requirements with their school boards and school administrators at the time of applying to the program.
Teacher Candidates enrolled in the program will be required to provide and maintain a current, original Criminal Record Check that includes a Vulnerable Sector Screening, as required by Provincial Law and the school board throughout their duration in the program. Specific provincial requirements for working with children or in schools will also be required, as appropriate.
To remain in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program, Teacher Candidates 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, a current unrestricted teaching license in good standing with the home province must be maintained through the entire program.
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. Please note that without being a registered current teacher with the OCT, the program will not qualify a teacher for the OCT credential.
Please contact the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program office for a list of tuition fees for the out-of-province part-time program option. Teacher Candidates 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.
Applying to the Program
The application is available in mid-December each year and applications are due March 15th. To obtain an application package, please contact the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program.
For further information, please contact the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program Office. Phone: 416-736-5971, TTY 416-736-5972 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org