Deaf and Hard of Hearing Master's and
Teacher Certification

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Post-Baccalaureate teacher certification program prepares educators to work with children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing. Students admitted to the program can earn certification to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The program requirements for certification depend upon the educational background and previous teacher certification of each student. The general program length is around two years. For individuals located in Wisconsin, or who plan to relocate to Wisconsin to receive D/HH certification, see the D/HH Program Summary Sheet (PDF) for general program information.

D/HH Distance Education

Individuals who hold a special education teaching certification in their state of residence can complete D/HH certification in Wisconsin, or complete courses towards possible D/HH certification in their state of residence, online (other than American Sign Language courses). This is a graduate level program which can be combined with a Master's Degree in Exceptional Education. See our Distance D/HH Certification page for further information.


The D/HH program is a cohort model program that begins coursework in the summer. Individuals are encouraged to apply in the fall, or early in spring, for admission consideration. There are specific application deadlines which can be found on our Post-Baccalaureate Admissions page.

The admissions page contains the program application packet, application deadlines, information session dates, and additional application information!

PATH Project Funding Available

Funding is available for eligible students through the federally funded PATH (Providing Accessible Teacher Education in Deaf/Hard of Hearing) Project (PDF).


Please contact us with any questions!

Exceptional Education
Advisor, Enderis Hall 610
Phone: 414-229-5251

Dr. Amy Otis-Wilborn
D/HH Faculty Coordinator