Full-Time Program

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.

Teacher Candidates 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 Teacher Candidates 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 Teacher Candidates are expected to attend all scheduled classes and complete the entire program as a cohort in one year.

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 placements in the third year of the program. Teacher Candidates may be asked to travel to practicum placements and will be responsible for all expenses incurred.

Teacher Candidates 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 Requirement(s)

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grade is received in any course or practicum placement, teacher candidates will be ineligible to continue and will be withdrawn from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program.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, 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 for this program is subsidized by the Ontario government for those Ontario residents who qualify. Teacher Candidates will be required to pay material fees for some courses and to purchase textbooks and other personal learning materials; these materials are not subsidized.