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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

As part of its continuing tradition of preparing educators, Radford University offers Virginia's only program leading to licensure in Special Education - Hearing Impairment PreK-12. This program, available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, prepares professionals to serve children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Participants in this program will have exposure to all communication/instructional approaches used with the deaf/hard of hearing so that methods can be employed based on student need, audiologic information, and family preference.



Practicum experiences with deaf/hard of hearing children of varying ages, ability levels, and degrees of hearing loss are built into the curriculum. Teaching opportunities in both public school and residential settings are provided and offer a wide range of experiences including shadowing an itinerant teacher, working in an oral classroom and working in both resource and self-contained classrooms which use either a total communication or bilingual bicultural method of instruction.


Because deaf and hard of hearing students have a variety of learning styles, skill levels, and auditory abilities, participants in this program are exposed to the various communication, and instructional approaches used with deaf and hard of hearing students. The methods presented include: oral/aural, auditory/verbal, cued speech, total communication and bilingual/bicultural.

Build and Maintain ASL Skills

It is impossible to become proficient in ASL through coursework alone. IDHH majors must participate in additional ASL opportunities in order to develop skills appropriate for blocking and student teaching. ASL enhancing activities include:

  • Silent Gatherings that are held in Heth 103 every week on Monday and Wednesday during the academic year. 
    • Monday - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday - 2-4 p.m.
  • ASL Club - provides an excellent opportunity for IDHH majors to learn about American Sign Language, learn about deaf culture, learn new signs, make new friends, and have a good time!
  • Silent dinners in the New River Valley

Required Testing for IDHH Majors