Habilitation of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Course Overview

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.
  • Get 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


Basic Sign Language
Speech & Hearing Science
Language Development in Children
Intermediate Sign Language
Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing
Language Development in Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)
Teaching Spoken Language to DHH
Two Education Courses


American Sign Language I & II
Advanced Language Development for DHH
Aural Rehabilitation
Two Clinical Practicum Courses
Four Education Courses


Teaching Elementary Subjects to DHH Students
One Clinical Practicum Course
Student-Teaching — Elementary and Secondary DHH Students and/or teach Abroad

Where Graduates Go

Recent Habilitation of the Deaf graduates have begun graduate study, or are public or private school teachers of the deaf.