The Washington University School of Medicine’s MSDE program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). PACS is also a Partner Member of OPTION Schools, which are listening and spoken language specialty programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The MSDE program is recognized by DESE as an approved teacher training program, leading to initial teacher certification in the area of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (Birth-Grade 12). DESE also requires applicants take and pass the Missouri Content Assessment (MCA) in Deaf & Hard of Hearing (through June 30, 2024) or Praxis Examination – Special Education: Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (July 1, 2024 and after) as a condition for licensure in this area. Select endorsements may also be added upon taking and passing other content examinations.

The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences has determined that, as a result of DESE accreditation, its MSDE program curriculum meets the educational requirements to sit for the required state examination and to pursue initial teacher certification in the area of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (Birth-Grade 12) in the State of Missouri. As of November 1, 2020, no determination has been made that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for certification in any other state.