Teacher and student using sign language

What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Students can complete the program in 4 years.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Deaf Studies, Deaf Education Concentration, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Deaf Education provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with deaf/hard of hearing children or adults.

The courses in this program will give students a foundation in American Sign Language and deaf cultures(s). Students will also gain skills specific to teaching or interpreting for deaf individuals.

The deaf education concentration does not lead to teacher certification. Students who are interested in teacher certification must complete the deaf education concentration and the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education.

Program Details

Students are required to meet all university and college admission requirements. In addition, students must:

  • Complete Areas A-E
  • Complete ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 each with a grade of “C” or better
  • Complete ASL 1001 with a grade of “C” or better and  ASL 1002, ASL 2001 and ASL 2002 each with a grade of “B” or better
  • Complete an entrance interview demonstrating at least intermediate conversational proficiency in American Sign Language
  • Complete the program application

This degree requires the following:

  • Core Curriculum (42-43 hours) in addition to preparation for the major (18 hours), major area (48 hours) and electives (12 hours)
  • Some of the courses include Deaf History and Culture, Foundations of Deaf Education and K-12 Language and Literacy among Deaf Students

Total program: Minimum of 120 semester hours

For details, see the course catalog.

The mission of the deaf education program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a teacher of the deaf in a bilingual/multilingual setting that uses signed languages as a primary instructional language. Our program is committed to the ideals of equity and understanding the diversity of deaf experiences, and creating safe and effective classroom spaces in which deaf children can thrive.



Graduates will be prepared to work in various settings that serve deaf children or adults. Graduates receive coursework and practicum experiences resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies and classroom management procedures. After completing the Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Deaf Education, students can earn initial teacher certification in deaf education by completing the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education program.


Program Coordinator – Deaf Education
Jessica Scott
[email protected]

Learning Sciences

Mailing Address & Office Location

Department of Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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