For over 50 years, Fontbonne’s deaf education program has prepared professionals to teach children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Here, your interest in teaching deaf students is nurtured with dedicated faculty who understand the challenges and rewards of this demanding educational field. Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education graduates are knowledgeable of current trends and are committed to collaboration, lifelong learning and professional development. With a Fontbonne education, you’ll graduate with a broad background in deaf education and special education as well as speech and hearing sciences.
The Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education is accredited by the Council of Education of the Deaf (CED).CED conducts a nationally recognized process for the accreditation of post-secondary programs which train teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. The CED Accreditation program is built upon the core competencies in special education set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and also has standards specifically for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. As Fontbonne is a CED certified program, our graduates are eligible for CED individual Certification which represents the highest standard for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students.
Your choice to study at Fontbonne puts you among an elite group of deaf and special education leaders, as our program is nationally recognized for providing an exceptional education with a forward-thinking approach.
In Fontbonne’s Early Intervention in Deaf Education program, students focus on educating children and families in the critical early years when listening and spoken language development can lead to increased future growth.
Dr. Susan Lenihan, professor and director of Fontbonne’s deaf education program, was the recipient of the 2016 Antonia Branica Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence at the 15th Annual Early Hearing Detection Meeting in San Diego, Calif. Lenihan was one of ten international nominees.