About the Program

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.

Radford University's Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program receives grant funding through the Virginia Department of Education. It was created to alleviate a critical shortage of teachers for the deaf and hard of hearing.



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 workng in both resource and self-contained classrooms, which use either a total communication or bilingual bicultural method of instruction.


The DHH program is a comprehensive program.  It is recognized that deaf and hard of hearing students present a variety of learning styles, skill levels and auditory abilities, therefore, participants in this program will be exposed to all communication approaches used with DHH students so that methods that can be employed based on student need, audiologic information and family preference. The communication approaches presented include: oral/aural, auditory/verbal, cured speech, bilingual/bicultural and the total communication philosophy.