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Education and California Teacher Credentials

Graduate Programs

Special Education: Deaf & Hard of Hearing

MSMU Awarded $1.25 Million Education Grant

Mount Saint Mary’s University has received a five-year, $1.25 million federal grant in support of its Education Specialist Program in Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), a master’s program conducted in partnership with the renowned John Tracy Center. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, will provide tuition support and curriculum enhancement for 55 graduate scholars.

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DHH Graduate Program allow students to begin early fieldwork through intensive mentoring.

About the Program

The Education Specialist Program in Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) at Mount Saint Mary’s University, in partnership with the John Tracy Center, is founded on five principles: passion, excellence, advocacy, respect and leadership. These foundational principles make for a career choice that is IMPACTFUL. We have high expectations for our graduate candidates, who have become published authors, state coordinators, program directors, and teacher-leaders at their school sites. 

The DHH program offers a professional school development model in Los Angeles where graduate candidates are immersed in the daily programs provided to families and their children with hearing loss. School partners in the community provide fieldwork and practicum sites that broaden candidates’ experiences in a variety of educational settings.

The Masters and Credential Programs offers two choices to students. The first is a Master of Science in deaf education and the second is a Master of Science plus a Preliminary California Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing credential. The curriculum is based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and includes special education courses and field experiences in a variety of settings, including parent-infant sessions, special day programs, listening and spoken language therapy, teletherapy, inclusion, mainstream, itinerant, parent education and support groups as well as international perspectives. All course work is grounded in the educational and developmental domains of children who are developing typically, children with hearing loss and children with multiple disabilities. 

The philosophy of the program focuses on twenty-first century technology and science that allow children with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language. Principles in family centered support and interdisciplinary practice are emphasized throughout the program. Perspectives from various related fields are integrated into all coursework and fieldwork, such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology and counseling.

Please contact the DHH Graduate Program, John Tracy Center Partnership Program Director, Bridget Scott- Weich for additional information at 213.748.5481.

Course Requirements

47.5 units total

4 deaf students/kids with backs facing camera, one girl turned and waving

Courses are sequenced as a spiral curriculum, allowing graduate scholars to begin early fieldwork through intensive mentoring and eventually deepening their knowledge skills and dispositions towards independent teaching.  The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for Educational Specialist Preliminary Credential.

Please note that course offerings, class schedules and program requirements are subject to change without notice. Please contact the department for more information.

Education Specialist Courses

Fall - Semester 1 (18.5 units)

  • EDU 207: Teaching English Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 233: DHH: Multiple Perspectives (2 units)
  • EDU 234A: DHH: Theory Listening and Spoken Language (3 units)
  • EDU 235A: DHH: Theory Early Intervention (3 units)
  • EDU 236A: Audiology—Diagnostics (3 units)
  • EDU 237: DHH: Language and Literacy (3 units)
  • EDU 238A: DHH: Early Childhood Curricula (3 units)

Spring - Semester 2 (16.5 units)

  • EDU 208B: Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 234B: DHH: Practicum- Listening and Spoken Language (2 units)
  • EDU 235B: DHH: Practicum – Early Intervention (2 units)
  • EDU 236B: DHH: Audiology –  Hearing Technology (3 units)
  • EDU 238B: DHH: Practicum Early Childhood  (2 units)
  • EDU 218: DHH: Socio-academic Needs of Youth (1.5 units)
  • EDU 219: DHH: Intro to Learners with Deafblindess (1.5 units)
  • EDU 239A: DHH: Curricula for Learners 5-22 (3 units)

Summer - Semester 3 (4.5 units)

  • EDU 229: DHH: Best Practice in Supporting Families (1.5 units)
  • EDU 279: Supporting Students with Neurological Disorders (3 units)

Fall - Semester 4 (6 units)

  • EDU 239B: DHH: Practicum with Learners 5-22 (3 units)
  • EDU 200: Research Methods (2 units)
  • EDU 296C: Case Seminar 1 (1 unit)

Spring - Semester 5 (2 units)


*The Preliminary and Induction Teacher Preparation Programs meet the standards for and have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), leading to a California Preliminary or Clear Teaching Credential. Students who wish to practice in a state other than California will have additional licensing requirements to complete prior to practicing in a state outside of California. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.