Habilitation of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing


As a Habilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing major, you’ll get the practical experience and preparation you need to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students in public or private school systems, or to begin graduate study in a selected educational or clinical area associated with deafness.

  • Listen closely, since your curriculum includes three semesters of clinical practice teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students.
  • The first two semesters will involve teaching a DHH student on an individual basis in TCU’s acclaimed Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic. Your third clinical semester will place you in a real-world educational setting teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Certified educators of DHH students will serve as your mentors.
  • As a senior, you will student-teach in local Regional Day School Programs for DHH students at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • As a result of the Habilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing curriculum and individualized instruction from faculty, you will attain exceptional scores on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) and the Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC), as a result of individual instruction from faculty.
  • You will attain dual state teaching certifications inclusive of All-Level Deaf Education and Early Childhood-Grade 6 in General Education.

Course Examples by Year


Oral Communication


Fall semester:
Basic Sign Language
Speech & Hearing Science
Language Development in Children
Education course: Children’s Literature

Spring Semester:
Intermediate Sign Language
Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing
Language Development in Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)
Teaching Spoken Language to DHH
Two Education Courses


Fall Semester:
American Sign Language I
Advanced Language Development for DHH
Clinical Practicum: Lab 1 (Working with a hearing-impaired client)
Two Education Courses

Spring Semester:
Aural Rehabilitation
American Sign Language II
Teaching Spoken Language
Clinical Practicum: Lab 2 (Working with a hearing-impaired client)
Two Education Courses


Fall Semester:
Teaching Elementary Subjects to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Clinical Practicum: Lab 3 (Teaching in a local Regional Program for the Deaf)
Three Education courses

Spring Semester:
Student-Teaching — Elementary and Secondary DHH Students and/or teaching Abroad

Where Graduates Go

Recent Habilitation of the Deaf graduates have begun graduate study, or are public or private school teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. All of the graduating students in the Habilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing have job offers prior to graduation.