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What Can I Do With A Major In Deaf Education?

This course of study results in eligibility to receive dual certification in the areas of elementary education (K-6) for hearing children and deaf education (K-12). The deaf education program is nationally-certified and results in eligibility to receive both a state certification and a Council on Education of the Deaf certification which is nationally-recognized. In addition to these dual certifications, students also receive the ESOL endorsement. The course of study in this department requires study in professional education courses, elementary content and methodology courses, and education of the deaf and hard of hearing courses. All students participate in practicum courses with elementary schools in the public school system of St. Johns County and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Academic Advisor
Administrative Assistant
Administrator
Admissions Counselor
Adult Education Teacher
ASL Instructor
Audiology
Camp Director
Career Development Director
College Professor
Community Advocate
Community Relations Specialist
Consultant
Continuing Education Program Planner
Corporate Support Staff/Trainer
Counselor
   Residential
   School
   Youth
Curriculum Coordinator
Educational Leadership
Educational Paraprofessional
Foreign Student Advisor
Fundraiser
Government Official
Hearing Clinic
Human Resources Officer
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Non-Profit Outreach Coordinator
Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
Private Practitioner
Researcher
Sign Language Interpreter
Social Worker
Speech-Language Pathologist
Student Advocate
Teacher
   Deaf Education
   K-12
   Special Education
Tour Guide
Vocational Training Paraprofessional

Types of Employers

Armed Services
Colleges/Universities
Community Clinics
Community Service Agencies
Consulting Organizations
Consumer Products Firms
Cultural Organizations
Educational Publishers
Federal Education Agencies
Financial Institutions
Government Affiliated Schools Abroad
Health Departments
Historical Societies
Home Health Agencies
Hospitals
Judicial System
K-12 Schools
Libraries
Media/Communications Industry
Museums
National Associations and Councils
Parks
Pediatrics Clinics
Preschool/Day Care Centers
Private Practices
Rehabilitation Centers
Research Laboratories
Short/Long-Term Nursing Care
State Boards
State Departments of Education
State/Federal Government Agencies
Veteran Affairs

Transferrable Skills

Sign Language

Understanding of Language Acquisition

Listens, interprets and communicates effectively

Demonstrates global understandings of how individual development, cultural diversity, socioeconomic conditions and individual differences influence the opportunities of all individuals to learn and contribute to their full potential

Uses and participates ethically in research and leadership activities

Uses a variety of appropriate and ethical assessment techniques to enhance learning and teaching

Masters appropriate disciplines to engage students in meaningful learning experiences

Integrates educational technology in the teaching and learning processes

Demonstrates reflection on professional strengths and needs and plans for professional development to improve future performance

Assumes the responsibility to be active in the profession

Understands the relationship between schools and the larger culture and school as a culture

Identifies and justifies the standards of professional behavior

Experiential Education

Tutoring students in an after school program or a summer enrichment program

Leading activities as a counselor at a special needs children’s camp

Coaching a youth sports team

Volunteering with a school for the deaf and/or blind

Teaching water safety courses for a local YMCA program

Organizing presentations and exhibits at museums and learning centers

Professional Associations

American Education Research Association,
aera.net

American Federation of Teachers,
aft.org

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development,
ascd.org

Education Enhancement for the field of Deaf Education,
deafed.net

National Association of the Deaf,
nad.org 

National Deaf Education Project,
ndepnow.org

National Education Association,
nea.org

Enhancing Your Employability

Join student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: University of Delaware, Ashland University, Rutgers