Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Interested in research and becoming a Teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing?

This Master’s of Arts (M.A.) program is appropriate for students with a special interest in meeting the language, educational, psychosocial, and communication needs of learners who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing (d/Dhh). Completion of the program meets eligibility requirements for Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH) Certification to become a Teacher of the d/Dhh (TODHH). This program is comprehensive and allows students to specialize and work in early intervention or K-12 settings across itinerant, small group, and/or specialized school settings with learners who are d/Dhh across Canada.

Program qualifies for BC Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Three+-year, online and on campus, graduate program coursework

Below is an example of course sequence for the program.

Summer Term 2 (6 credits)
EPSE 521 (3) Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss
EPSE 522 (3) Designing English Language Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Winter Term 1 (6 credits)
EPSE 519 (3) Development of English Language Skills of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
EPSE 517 (3) Acoustic Environments and Amplification in the Classroom
Winter Term 2 (5 credits)
EPSE 518 (3) Speech Development and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
EPSE 512 (3) Critical Issues in Special Education

Summer Term 2 (6 credits)
EPSE 520 (3) Curriculum Development in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
EPSE 525 (3) Studies in Sign Language
Winter Term 1 - Practicum (9 credits) 8-weeks, full-time placement  
EPSE 598G (9)1 Field Experiences: Extended Practicum - 8 weeks
Winter Term 2 (6 credits)
EPSE 530 (3) Seminar in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Approved Elective (3)

1 Full-time practicum coursework is required under the supervision of a full-time TODHH for 8 weeks during the second year of coursework and will require educational leave from any current work setting.

Research & Thesis Requirement (9+ credits)
EPSE 599 (6) Master's thesis
Research Course (3) One of EPSE 592, 593, 595 or other research course related to the student’s thesis

How do I apply?

For more information about the concentration, contact Dr. Joanna Cannon