The teacher preparation program in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a five-year integrated bachelor’s and master’s program which culminates in several teaching certifications: Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing oral/aural, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Sign Communication (a passing score on a State-mandated sign communication interview is required for this), and Elementary Education K-6. The program is designed for students who have completed high school and are first-time freshman and for transfer students from community colleges or other four-year institutions.
Previous coursework or knowledge of sign language is not necessary for acceptance into the program. Students who have either taken American Sign Language (ASL) courses or who have heritage knowledge of ASL will be required to take an ASL placement test to determine their communicative competency in the language. Information about the placement test is sent to students after they are admitted to the college.
Students are given credit for Advanced Placement tests, as appropriate. Please check the TCNJ website for transferable AP scores and TCNJ course equivalents.
At the undergraduate level, students have a dual major: Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing and one of 11 subject matter areas selected from art, English, mathematics, history, biology, Spanish, music, psychology, sociology, women and gender studies, or iSTEM. Students whose dual major is in a teachable subject area (i.e., not psychology or sociology) will have the opportunity to seek a subject matter specialization to teach that subject in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Having completed a dual major in a liberal arts area and in deaf education, students will earn a bachelor’s degree without teacher certification at the end of their fourth year. The course of study continues through the following summer and academic year and culminates with the student’s earning a master’s degree and all applicable certifications. Students will need to meet all requirements of The College of New Jersey, of the School of Education, and of the program at the end of the fourth year in order to be admitted to the fifth year.
Second Major Options
Students may choose a second major from one of the following disciplines:
Art This is a joint major program.