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Deaf Education Program

For 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 approved 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 levels
  • Eligibility for Missouri teacher certification in birth-12 deaf/hearing impaired education


Recent Internships

Fontbonne University’s Deaf Education Graduate Successes

  • Jenna Voss ’03, MA’04 and Natalie Austin ’02, MA ’04 are National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities fellows pursuing PhD studies. Voss is in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Natalie is in the Special Education Program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.
  • 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.
  • 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.

learn about career opportunities in deaf education

Questions? Contact Admissions: (314) 889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu