Deaf Studies


Why study Deaf Studies?

The deaf studies certificate program at the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is designed to provide an understanding of deaf culture and basic American Sign Language skills. The structure of this certificate program allows you to focus on the heritage and culture of deaf individuals in Cincinnati and across the nation.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to students in good academic standing with a cumulative university grade point average of 2.0 and the desire to succeed.  Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study. Interested students should meet with a UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Student Services staff member for appropriate advising. Application materials are available online.

Program length: 2.5 years part time

Candidates who succeed in deaf studies demonstrate:

  • A history of academic success
  • The ability to collaborate with others, including those from diverse populations
  • Leadership characteristics
  • Responsible, caring, fair, honest and ethical behavior
  • A commitment to social justice and a diverse society
  • A history of good critical thinking and problem solving
  • Enthusiasm for working with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults

This certificate program will prepare you for a variety of careers or to enter an interpreting program with background knowledge of deaf culture and American Sign Language.

This certificate is designed to help students:

  • Build American Sign Language skills
  • Obtain knowledge about the heritage and culture of the deaf community
  • Prepare to work in fields such as education, rehabilitation, social work, and law

Advising can be sought at:

CECH Student Services Center
PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Formed as the Teachers College in 1905, the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) continually merits local, state and national recognition. Recent commendations include:

  • University of Cincinnati is one of 96 institutions across the United States ranked as a level 1 research institution (classification: RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education
  • CECH was recently ranked 55th in U.S. News & World Report
  • The Best Practice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

Future Educators of America (FEA)
UC’s FEA chapter is dedicated to fostering the love of teaching, examining the reality of teaching and promoting the rewards of teaching. FEA is open to all UC students; however, our main focus is to offer a path for teacher education students to stay connected to their college and to their future profession. Members have the opportunity to work with children and young adults in local schools and FEA chapters.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
Kappa Delta Pi is a prestigious international honor society that recognizes scholarship and excellence in the field of education. Members must have a college GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.25 for graduate students. KDP members work on several volunteer activities that focus on education. Some of the benefits of being a member of KDP include annual scholarships, professional development, a nationwide job database and access to the ideas, research, insights and expertise of internationally renowned educators.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
SCEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and gifted children, as well as those typically developing. If you are committed to children, focused on becoming the best educator and want to meet new people, then SCEC is for you! Membership dues permit you to receive professional development opportunities, journals and newsletters with new research and classroom practice and the opportunity to attend conventions and conferences.

CECH Tribunal
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted.  Also, the Tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.

Student Ambassador Program

The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH Student Ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH Student Ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.

Student must complete program requirements with a grade of C or better in order to obtain the certificate.

Summer admission for this certificate program is limited to those that are currently in the United States, as this program is not available to pursue on a full time basis.  No visa’s can be provided for this educational opportunity.  Additional admission information for international applicants is available from UC International.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are as follows: fall semester - July 1; spring semester - November 1; summer semester - March 1.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

CECH Student Services Center
PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0014
(513) 556-2336

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Program Code: 18CRT-DFST-C2