Deaf Education Major

For over 50 years, Fontbonne’s deaf education program has prepared professionals to teach children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. 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.

View our video, Sound Beginnings, on the history of the deaf education program at Fontbonne University.


Deaf Education Program Highlights


  • One of the few four-year undergraduate deaf education programs in the country
  • Program accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf
  • Senior-year teaching experience designed to fit your interests
  • Work directly with children using the latest listening technology including cochlear implants
  • Participate in field experiences in a variety of settings and age levelsCAEP Accreditation Badge 2016
  • Eligibility for Missouri teacher certification in birth-12th grade deaf/hard of hearing education — Fontbonne University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.





Recent Sites for Student Field Experiences

Course Samples

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Fontbonne University’s Deaf Education Graduate Successes

  • Sheila Petasek ’05, MA ’06, an Early Childhood Hearing Impaired Teacher at Lowell Elementary School in Waukesha, Wis., is the President of the AG Bell Chapter in Wisconsin.
  • Libby Brauss ’14, a hearing itinerant teacher working for Legacy Traditional Schools in Arizona supporting student with hearing loss in general education settings, is completing her master’s degree in Literacy Education at Arizona State University.
  • Jenna Voss ’03, MA ’04 pursued her Ph.D. in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as a National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities fellow. She is now an assistant professor in the department of communication disorders and deaf education at Fontbonne.
  • Melanie Paticoff ’11 is the creator and author of Sophie’s Tales, a series of children’s books designed to support kids with hearing loss and help raise awareness about oral deaf education and cochlear implants.

Deaf Education Career Opportunities

Department News

  • Dr. Lenihan Wins International Award

    Dr. Lenihan Wins International Award

    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. Learn more.

  • Camp CAP

    Camp CAP

    The purpose of this program is to facilitate participation of AACS users and their families in a weekend family-based camp with a theater theme. Learn more.

  • Faculty and Scholars In The News

    Faculty and Scholars In The News

    Read the latest successes from the Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Department. Check it out.

Contact Us

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