Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student teacher leads a lesson

Early Childhood PK-4 / Deaf and Hard of Hearing (N-12) (Dual) (B.S.Ed.)

Our Education of the Deaf teacher preparation program is nationally and state-accredited with both Council on Exceptional Children (CEC) and Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED) national accreditation, as well as Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) accreditation.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.Ed.
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Understanding strength lies in diversity, the College of Education and the Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program places the well-being of DHH learners first, fostering ethical and qualified professionals through education, scholarship, and service. We are dedicated to preparing passionate, knowledgeable, creative and reflective teachers of DHH students. Future teachers of the deaf are provided with competencies necessary to serve students on an individual and classroom basis, whatever the individual needs of the DHH child may be.

Teacher candidates are provided a variety of courses and hands-on experiences to prepare them to teach students in the child’s preferred language, communication mode, and communication environment including listening and speaking, ASL/English Bilingual and programs utilizing sign supported English.

Hands-on environments include two camps, the first is the BU Preschool Mini-Camp for DHH children where students are paired with a DHH preschool-aged child for a six-day hands-on field experience on the BU campus. The other field experience is with DHH children and youth at Camp HERO (Here Everyone Really is One). Future teacher candidates become counselor/teachers during this week-long overnight camp.

Courses and Curriculum

BU has been preparing individuals to become teachers of d/Deaf and hard of hearing students since 1971. In the Fall of 2015 we began offering our Dual Early Childhood Education (ECE) PK-4 and Deaf Education PK-12 Teacher Preparation Program. This four-year Bachelor of Science degree program prepares candidates to teach all ages of children who have a hearing loss as well as hearing children in grades PK-4th grade.

Fall 2014 began the undergraduate Dual Early Childhood Education (PK-4) and Deaf/hard of hearing (PK-12) teacher certification program. This 4-year B.S. Dual Certification program prepares individuals to teach all ages of deaf children and youth in listening and speech, total communication, and bilingual environments as well as hearing children in grades PK-4.

Prescribed coursework is required for this dual certification. A total of 73 semester hours is taken in required courses, which you're not allowed to take on a pass/fail basis. No free electives are available for this program. In addition to the 123-credit requirement for this degree, education majors are subject to background checks and passage of PAPA, PECT and any required PRAXIS.

Incoming freshman are required to enroll in the Department of Exceptionality Programs’ Orientation to Special Education course (one credit).

Basic Skills Assessment

There are several testing options that meet the Basic Skills Assessment requirements in PA. Students can meet the requirement by obtaining the required scores noted below on one or more (mix and match) of the following Basic Skills Assessment: the PRAXIS CORE (Core Academic), PAPA, SAT, or ACT. Students must take one of these Basic Skills Assessment by their second semester at Bloomsburg University, and pass the tests prior to being admitted into candidacy (sophomore year). A student cannot become a certified teacher or take most upper-level education courses unless they meet the score requirements for the Basic Skills Assessment.

PDE Certification Test: Basic Skills Assessment-Certification Test and Score Requirements

Test information can be found at the testing websites. Remember to prepare for the Basic Skills Assessment by studying/practicing/reviewing. Practice tutorials and tests are available through the internet.

Praxis Core Online Course and Practice Tests

The following course (tutorial and practice tests) is available online.

Click on the "Register NEW Account" Then enter the following information:

  • School Number: 83774
  • School Key: praxissuccess
  • After entering this information, please enter your email address, First and Last name and Student ID Number (ID# Optional).
  • Once Registration is completed, you will be issued a username and password. Please keep this for each time you log in.
  • After logging into the program for the first time, please start with the section “Introduction to the Praxis Core.”
  • This will introduce you to the course and offer suggestions on how to get the most out of the instruction and practice tests.

PECT Testing

PECT: Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT): Program completers must take the following tests to apply for their teacher certification in Pennsylvania.

The PECT is not required for graduation but is required to obtain a PDE teaching license. Passing scores are based 3.0 GPA at graduation, and then are scaled downward based on higher GPAs.

PDE Certification Test: PECT Test and Score Requirements

Special Education PreK-8

  • Module 1 (8011)
  • Module 2 (8012)


  • Module 1 Child Dev., Prof (8006)
  • Module 2 Lang, Social Studies (8007)
  • Module 3 Math, Science (8008)

Test information can be found at the testing website Remember to prepare for the PECT by studying/ practicing/reviewing. Preparation courses and resources can be accessed at and the BU COE website


Deaf/HH (N-12) / Early Childhood Education (PK-4) Dual Certification Undergraduate Major



Deaf/HH (N-12) / Early Childhood Education (PK-4) Dual Certification Undergraduate Major



BIOLOGY.100 Cells, Genes and Molecules or BIOLOGY.101 Human Biology
COMMSTUD.103 Public Speaking or COMMSTUD.104 Interpersonal Communication
DEAFHH.099 Co-Curricular Experience
EDFOUND.291 Principles of Teaching
EDFOUND.414 Home/School/Community Relations
ENGLISH.101 Foundations of College Writing
ENGLISH.151 Intro to Literature or ENGLISH.152 Literature & Society
HISTORY.121 Colonial to 1877 or HISTORY.122 1877 to Present
MATH.201 Math Concepts I
MATH.202 Math Concepts II
PHYSICS.103 Physical Science
PSYCH.101 General Psychology
SPECED.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities
SPECED.202 Tech Indiv w/Dis
SPECED.275 Linking Assessment/Instruction

Requirements for the Major - A total of 73 semester hours is required for dual certification in ECE (PK-4) Education / Education of the Deaf (PK-12). This includes credit hours earned through the student teaching experience. None may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

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CAEP accreditation ensures we prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.
Laura Lavin

I choose this major because of my background growing up with a conductive hearing loss and the passion of always wanting to be a teacher. Bloomsburg has prepared me to be the best teacher I can be before going out into the real world.

Laura Lavin '21
Early Childhood / Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Laura Lavin

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