Dec 02, 2023  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

Deaf and Hard of Hearing, BS

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The deaf and hard-of-hearing program prepares the student to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

C. Life and Physical Sciences

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Science

I. Component Area Option


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Major

General Electives

The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree.

Total hours: 120

Exams and Certifications


All teacher candidates must pass the Texas Assessment of Sign Communication before student teaching. Clearance for the TASC requires passing a practice interview with a specified cut score set by the program.

TExES 181 Certification Exam

All teacher candidates must pass the TExES 181 test (Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing test) unless a formal waiver is granted. Clearance is granted only upon scoring 80% or better on a comprehensive test administered during the capstone course (DFHH 3399 ) and during DFHH 3379 .

Special Education edTPA Exam

All DFHH educator candidates must pass the Special Education edTPA.

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View HOP policy 02-214.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Degree Map

The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


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