Students enter the program as undergraduates with a dual major. The primary major is Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHHA). The second major will be in a content area or discipline taught in schools. Students may choose a second major from one of the following disciplines:
Art (DHAR)–joint major program
Music (DHMU)–joint major program
The Department of Music requires all applicants to audition. For more information, check the Music Admission & Auditions web site. For additional information contact Susan W. O’Connor.
Women & Gender Studies (WGS)
The program is based on the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework for preparing exemplary professionals and meets all of the standards of the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) as well as the requirements of the State of New Jersey for licensure as a Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, K-12 as well as for licensure as an elementary level teacher. 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, however, continues through the following summer and academic year and culminates with the student’s earning a master’s degree. At this time, all applicable certifications are earned. Students will need to meet all requirements of The College of New Jersey and the School of Education at the end of the fourth year in order to be admitted to the fifth year. At the undergraduate level, the student must select one of the following liberal arts majors: art, English, mathematics, history, biology, Spanish, music, psychology, sociology, or math/science/technology. Students who major 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 in some content areas in grades 9-12 as well.
Admission and Retention
A student must meet the general admission requirements of the College. In compliance with the State of New Jersey’s regulations, a student must have a grade point average of 2.5 prior to enrolling in the Pre-Professional Experience block of courses (Fall semester of the fourth year). At the completion of the Fall semester of the fourth year of study, the student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 to meet the standard for graduate study at TCNJ. Upon completion of all college requirements, a Bachelor’s Degree (without teacher certification) is awarded. During the summer following completion of the undergraduate program as well as during the fifth year of study, candidates enroll in graduate level courses and field experiences to attain the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT). Upon conferment of the MAT degree teacher candidates are recommenced to the New Jersey Office of Licensing and Credentials for initial teacher certification in both Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Elementary Education.