What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Total hours for certification: minimum of 21 hours.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: May 1

Special Education Deaf Education, Initial Certification

Our Special Education Deaf Education, Initial Certification program is for those who hold a bachelor’s degree and clear, renewable teaching certification. The certification must be in an area of regular education or special education. You should be highly qualified in a content area based on coursework to apply to this program. You must be a teacher or paraprofessional in a classroom of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, or you must submit a letter from a school superintendent verifying access to deaf or hard of hearing students.

Prior to admission, we recommend you refer to Financial Aid about possible funding options.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Special Education (Adapted Curriculum, Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education or Physical & Health Disabilities), Non-Degree program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA or master’s degree required for admission consideration
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

If you do not already meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

Program of Study


  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3) or similar introduction to special education course (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development or equivalent (3)
  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)

Required Courses

  • CSD 6480 Hearing Science and Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7350 Psychosocial Characteristics of Deafness (3)
  • EXC 7360 Language Development in Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7390 Reading and Writing Instruction for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7400 Methods of Teaching Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7430 Auditory and Speech Development in Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 7940 Practicum: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)

Candidates must post a rating of “Intermediate” on the Signed Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) before admission to EXC 7940 Practicum.

Total hours for certification: minimum of 21 Hours



Graduates will be prepared to work with children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. Graduates are provided coursework and practicum experiences resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies and classroom management procedures.

Students will learn to work with students in a variety of settings such as:

  • separate specialized schools
  • typical school settings


Program Information
Sandy Vaughn

Learning Sciences

Mailing Address & Office Location
Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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