University of Nebraska - Lincoln

College of Education and Human Sciences

Deaf Endorsement



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Special Education: DeafEndorsement

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates from 2010 to 2020, overall enrollment is expected to grow in elementary and secondary schools, increasing the number of students receiving special education services. Along with enrollment growth, continued demand for services in special education is expected. Currently we are experiencing a national shortage of trained personnel in deaf education.

Online degree options can help meet this shortage. This program:

Can lead to a master's degree and a Nebraska teaching endorsement

Gives you the choice of simply taking courses, completing an endorsement program or obtaining your master’s degree

Prepares you to teach elementary, middle and high school students

Is for educators interested in working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers by combining with the Early Childhood Special Education program (also available online)

Is certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf

Meets minimum requirements for a teaching endorsement in the area of Special Education – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) from the Nebraska Department of Education

We aim to assure that education for deaf or hard of hearing students is:

Designed specifically to meet the linguistic, cultural, social and cognitive needs of the students

Based on recent, quality research


Oriented toward improved academic outcomes

Who should consider this program

Special education teachers and speech language pathologists who want to increase marketability by becoming a trained specialist in the field of deaf and hard of hearing

Special education teachers or administrators who want to develop a quality educational environment for all students by including those who are deaf or hard of hearing

Special education teachers needing additional graduate hours for certification or degree requirements


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been continuously accredited since 1913. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

International Student Requirements:

If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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