The Department of Education offers seven undergraduate teacher preparation programs: early childhood education (ECE), elementary education, secondary Biology education, secondary English education, secondary mathematics education, and secondary social studies education. Each of these programs lead to recommendation for licensure in the District of Columbia, with interstate reciprocity in a number of states.
Licensure in general education (i.e., ECE, Elementary, and Secondary Education) is required by many programs prior to study at the graduate level in fields such as education of deaf students and other areas of special education. Students who graduate from an Undergraduate Education program who are interested in licensure in Deaf Education may be eligible for the Masters of Arts in Deaf Education. This program requires one year and one summer of courses, and an on-the-job internship.
The department today offers graduate and postgraduate programs to prepare professional personnel to work with all ages of deaf and hard of hearing children in various kinds of educational programs and settings. Programs are designed to meet students' individual needs and interests and are open to hearing, deaf, and hard of hearing individuals.
Both coursework and practicum experiences are important preparation components. All programs involve exposure to professional organizations, agencies, and educational facilities related to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students, and provide for involvement in schools and classes. The department strongly recommends that students have both a car and a computer in order to benefit fully from course work and field experiences.