13A.12.02.21

.21 Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

A. To receive certification in Deaf and Hard of Hearing under transcript analysis (13A.12.01.04G), the applicant shall complete the following:

(1) Earn a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution of higher education (IHE); and

(2) Complete the specialized content and professional education course work required in §§B and C of this regulation.

B. Specialized Content Course Work. An applicant shall submit a minimum of 18 semester hours of specialized content course work taken at an IHE in the following areas:

(1) A minimum of 3 semester hours in human growth and development emphasizing knowledge of the developmental characteristics (language, physical, biological, cognitive—learning, and social/emotional) of the deaf and hard of hearing;

(2) A minimum of 3 semester hours in administration and interpretation of assessments to determine the individualized needs of deaf and hard of hearing students;

(3) A minimum of 3 semester hours in curriculum, instructional methods, and adaptations to meet the individual needs of deaf and hard of hearing students; and

(4) A supervised practicum, or 1 year of satisfactory teaching experience, with deaf and hard of hearing students.

C. Professional Education Courses. The applicant shall earn a minimum of 12 semester hours in course work, which may also be taken through continuing professional development credits (CPDs), in the following areas:

(1) Methods of reading instruction;

(2) Assessment of reading instruction;

(3) Introduction to exceptional children; and

(4) Education of students with multiple disabilities.

D. Special Provision.A teacher who is professionally certified and holds at a minimum a bachelor’s degree who seeks an endorsement to teach deaf and hard of hearing students shall earn a minimum of 24 credits in the following:

(1) A minimum of 3 semester hours in human growth and development emphasizing knowledge of the developmental characteristics (language, physical, biological, cognitive—learning, and social/emotional) of the deaf and hard of hearing;

(2) A minimum of 3 semester hours in administration and interpretation of assessments to determine the individualized needs of deaf and hard of hearing students;

(3) A minimum of 3 semester hours in curriculum, instructional methods, and adaptations to meet the individual needs of deaf and hard of hearing students;

(4) A minimum of 3 semester hours in a course covering introduction to exceptional children; and

(5) A minimum of 3 semester hours in a course covering education of students with multiple disabilities.