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Deaf Education

Deaf education is the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Kent State University's program provides students the skills needed to work with students of varying levels of hearing, and to cater lessons to the child's individual needs.

The Deaf Education program provides students with the coursework and field experiences necessary to be licensed in the field of special education in the area of deaf education. Students pursuing this program will be prepared to teach learners ages 3-21 who have been identified with a hearing loss (deaf or hard of hearing).

Please contact Dr Pam Luft ( or Dr. Karen Kritzer ( for more information.

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin with the Fall '12 Methods Class. Pictured from left to right: Becca Gruccio, Kim Fairchild, Dru Roney, Marlee Matlin, Angela Henderhan, Emily McDermott, Kaleigh Bowling, and Brooke Hohlbaugh

 Licensure, Endorsements, and/or Certificates

B.S.E in Special Education with a concentration in Deaf Education

Deaf Education License


M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Deaf Education

  Deaf Education Certificates

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST already have, or you must be planning to obtain, a Deaf Education Teaching License if you wish to pursue one of our certificate programs. DFED courses that are required for licensure also are foundational to work in the field, and you therefore must have taken, or plan to take, these classes in order to be considered for certification(s).







Ed.S in Special Education

 Ph.D in Special Education