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Center on Deafness Graduates to Serve Deaf Students in Appalachia

Mandy_BurnsideNine students of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences from the Center on Deafness will graduate this week with master’s degrees in Deaf Education and various licenses.  These students, a part of the Tennessee Education of the Deaf Personnel Preparation Project, will address the shortage of certified teachers for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The federal grant, which supports this program, provides up to five years of funding for teacher education including a paid internship, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and licensures in exchange for a commitment of at least two years of service for every one year supported.  Those graduating will help expand educational opportunities for deaf youngsters in the Southeast and rural Appalachia by increasing the number of deaf education teachers in the region.

Read more about this great program and the students graduating in the Tennessee Today article.  For more information on teaching the deaf or hard of hearing, visit the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.