Dr. Sharon Baker, the head of the TU Deaf Education program, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to provide tuition support for students majoring in Deaf Education who are in their junior and senior years. This funding will continue to support students for the next five years, with 2018 being the final year of funding.
Students who receive the Deaf Education grant must fulfill a service obligation by teaching deaf and hard of hearing students in high-needs areas upon completion of their bachelor’s degree.
This funding comes from a Personnel Preparation grant, which are funded to train teachers in chronic shortage areas, and educators of the deaf and hard of hearing are among the highest need areas. The teacher shortage is further compounded by the small number of Deaf Education teacher preparation programs in the U.S. Currently, only 80 university programs are preparing teachers to work with deaf and hard of hearing children. As a result, it has been estimated that for every 56 deaf and hard of hearing children who need a teacher, we are preparing one.
The Deaf Education program is pleased to be able to support our upperclassmen majoring in Deaf Education in this way!