The MSDE Certification Track is a four-semester curriculum that is rooted in the development of speech, language, and academics. With that as a foundation, students study the factors necessary for high-quality education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The full curriculum can be found below.

A Degree-Only Track is also available to qualified students and is designed for full-time students to complete in two semesters. Coursework and experiences are tailored to meet the individual interests and background of each student who enrolls.

Year 1


  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • Behavior Management
  • Clinical Audiology
  • Early Literacy Development
  • Language Instruction for Children who are D/HOH
  • Typical Language Development*


  • Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Early Intervention and Child Development
  • Foundations of Literacy Theory and Instruction (with Lab)
  • Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction I
  • Speech for Children who are D/HOH

*These courses not required if taken prior to enrollment.

Year 2


  • Early Intervention (Birth-Age 5)
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction II
  • Practice Teaching
  • Pre-Service Teacher Preparation
  • Sign Language I*


  • Counseling Parents
  • Independent Study
  • Practice Teaching
  • Psychosocial and Educational Foundations

*These courses not required if taken prior to enrollment.


Required electives if not previously completed:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Education and Psychology of the Exceptional Child


  • Sign Language II
  • Sign Language III

The professors here are actually working every day with children who are deaf, so they have the experience, knowledge and know-how, and they bring it into the classroom.

Christy Chadwick, MSDE (2016)
deaf education consultant and advocate, Kahului, Hawaii