Deaf / Hard of Hearing

The goal for creating the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consortium for Teacher Preparation is to increase the number of teachers available to meet the unique needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The diversification of the program among institutions of higher education in multiple states, including two Michigan universities, will provide students the flexibility to choose courses offered by a variety of institutions that have well-established programs in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

Eligibility for Program

  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Valid or pending Michigan teaching certificate with a special education endorsement.
  • General education teachers without a special education endorsement must complete a set of approved foundation courses in special education prior to enrollment in the program.
  • Teachers holding a teaching certificate from outside of Michigan can be admitted to the consortium and complete the program but will not receive tuition support.
    • Out-of-state teachers: contact Aquinas College for approval to register for a course.
    • Consortium students get priority status in registration.
    • Out-of-state teachers need to check with their own states to determine whether the Consortium course offerings will satisfy that state’s deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) certification requirements.