Education of the deaf

Education of the Deaf

Undergraduate program

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a bachelor of arts degree in education of the deaf. Students who complete this NCATE approved program are eligible for MDE K-12 certification and CED Elementary and Early Childhood certification.

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The undergraduate program is comprehensive in its communication philosophy. The curriculum addresses fundamentals of manually-coded English as well as audiology, aural-oral education, aural rehabilitation, language development with the deaf, normal language and speech development, and phonetics.

American Sign Language is emphasized in a three-semester sign language core. Students also spend considerable time actually working with deaf and hard-of-hearing pupils and their teachers through methods courses and a full-semester student teaching practicum.

Undergraduate adviser:

Marietta Paterson

Graduate program

The department began offering a master's degree in early oral intervention for children who are deaf and hard of hearing in 2008. Students who complete the degree meet MDE AA teacher certification requirements for early oral intervention with children birth through five.


The rigorous 14-month curriculum combines on-campus academics with field experiences in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas. Full-time students enroll in 43 credit hours of coursework over four sessions.

Lectures and seminars address the assessment and development of listening, speech, and spoken language. Additional topics include amplification systems, early literacy, family-centered intervention, auditory-verbal practice, and special techniques for children with hearing loss and multiple challenges. The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and a knowledge and application of research techniques.

The program collaborates with The Children's Center and The DuBard School and is closely affiliated with the Magnolia Speech School in Jackson.

Application deadline: Extended    Apply

Early oral intervention graduate students are admitted on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants should submit official transcripts and GRE scores to the graduate school (international applicants to the Center for International Education). Applicants should include a resume of relevant education and work experiences on the online application; letters of recommendation (3 required) are also submitted online. Top ranked applicants are invited to interview with the early oral intervention faculty; interviewees complete a short assignment to assess writing skills as part of the interview process.

Tuition scholarships are available to early oral intervention students; contact the department for details.

Graduate advisers: Christina Perigoe and Marietta Paterson