Special Education, Graduate Endorsement (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education)

Graduate Endorsement in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (Birth to Grade 12)

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Graduate Endorsement in Deaf Education (Birth - Grade 12) is designed to prepare high-quality Teachers of the Deaf (TODs) to meet the linguistic, cultural, social and cognitive needs of students' who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages birth through 21.

Students choose this program because: 

  • They want to advance their knowledge and skills in serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • The coursework is relevant and based on current, quality research. 
  • The collaborative learning experience allows students to gain insight from colleagues across the country. 

Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) is required prior to beginning the student teaching portion of this endorsement. This requirement can be met by taking 16 credits (ASL I-IV) of ASL from either UNL (on-campus; two courses for two summers), at your local college/university, online through Gallaudet or another program that offers online ASL courses, or by achieving a score of proficient or better on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) or EIPA assessment.

Career Outlook: In the United States, there is a growing shortage of qualified personnel to serve students who are DHH and their families (U.S. Department of Education, 2016). According to the 2018-2019 U.S. Department of Educations annual listing of Teacher Shortage Areas, 41 states reported a critical shortage of special education teachers, which include teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing.

More about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders:

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs, their families, schools, and communities. 

The vision is that every individual with special needs will:

  • Achieve maximum potential for learning.
  • Communicate autonomously.
  • Enjoy optimum health and well-being throughout the lifespan.

Students have the ability to choose to:   

  • Take one or a few classes of interest.
  • Pursue the teaching endorsement or graduate certificate.
  • Complete a graduate degree.

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.