Ball State's teaching major in exceptional needs: deaf/hard of hearing—the only one in Indiana—is designed to train you to work with students who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Coursework includes American Sign Language, deaf culture, and methods and techniques used to teach students who are deaf/hard of hearing, K-12. You will also complete coursework that leads to a license in mild interventions, K-6.

In addition to rigorous academics, our program emphasizes real-world field experience at the Indiana School for the Deaf, local schools, and community agencies. The program culminates in a student teaching experience in two different settings.

What You Will Learn

You will study American Sign Language, teaching methods and techniques for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, deaf culture, and deafness. Course work in mild interventions (elementary-level) is also required as a part of our comprehensive program.

You will also:

  • learn adaptive technology
  • study audiology and language methods for deaf persons
  • gain an understanding of the psychology of deafness

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National Accreditation

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Program Benefits

Students majoring in deaf education have the option of completing their sophomore year in a residential practicum at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis.

Our special education programs are nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Our faculty have extensive real-world experiences in their respective areas of expertise including classroom teaching, clinical supervision, public school administration, program development, and consultation.

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Major Requirements

The bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Needs: Deaf/Hard of Hearing consists of 100 credits with emphasis on instructing students who are deaf/hard of hearing. You will gain valuable field experience prior to student teaching working with students in pre-K through 12th grade.

Total Credits



  • Classroom Management
  • Assessment in Special Education
  • Student Teaching: Mild Disabilities

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, consult our Course Catalog.

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Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards every year to its own students to recognize them for their achievements. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in enrolling in our program? The first step is to apply as an undergraduate student to Ball State University. Begin the journey today.

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