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Deaf Studies

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Educational Interpreting, American Sign Language Education

The Deaf Studies undergraduate program at the University of Tennessee is housed in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS). The program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in American Sign Language (ASL), ASL linguistics, Deaf history and culture, and educational trends and issues. Teaching and learning in the Deaf Studies program, including class activities, discussion, and demonstration of knowledge, occur in either ASL or English. Integral to the coursework is social justice, with the goal of preparing culturally competent teachers and interpreters who can provide equitable and quality education for all students.

Students majoring in Deaf Studies select one of three concentrations of study: Deaf Education, Educational Interpreting, or American Sign Language Education. Field experiences are embedded in each concentration, creating opportunities for students to gain experience in the discipline while taking coursework.

Upon completion of the Deaf Studies undergraduate degree, students with a concentration in Deaf Education or ASL Education may continue to the 5th year professional internship and graduate school program. These 5-year programs (4 years undergraduate study + 1 year graduate study) are designed to provide initial licensure in Pre K-12 to teacher candidates.

Team Leader Contact: David H. Smith

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Deaf Education Programs 

Educational Interpreting program

Master’s degree programs in Teacher Education, licensure and non-licensure

Additional endorsement programs for adding areas of licensure

PhD Program