Bachelor's Degrees

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

Deaf Studies, B.S.E.

Are you interested in working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and adults? Our Special Education and Rehabilitation, B.S.E, program with a concentration in Deaf Studies will give you the education and experience you need. In fact, this is the only program in Arizona preparing interpreters at the baccalaureate level. You will become fluent in American Sign Language, gain a cultural appreciation of and respect for Deaf culture, use current theories and models of interpreting, and obtain practical experience through school-based internships.

An emphasis area is required for this degree. Each student either pursues the Educational Interpreting emphasis or designs their own emphasis area with the program coordinator. Here are examples of some emphasis areas:

  • Educational Interpreting (common selection for those who wish to pursue a career in ASL interpreting)
  • Counseling
  • Family Studies
  • Psychology
Study Deaf culture and use current theories and models of interpreting
Learn how to communicate in American Sign Language
Gain hands-on experience working in school to prepare for professional roles in various fields related to Deafness

Courses

Take courses from top scholars in a variety of subjects, including:

  • SERP 400: Survey of Exceptional Students
  • SERP 402: Behavior Principles and Disability
  • SERP 412: Violence in School and Communities
  • SERP 414: Intro to Disability Studies and Service

Internships

Explore career paths, receive academic credit, and build your resume through an internship in a K-12 setting with an interpreting mentor.

Careers

This major prepares students for a career as an interpreter in a wide variety of settings including:

  • Schools
  • Nonprofits
  • Private agencies
  • Educational settings

Degree Requirements

Sample Academic Plan Sample Transfer Academic Plan

  • Must have completed approximately 60 units when you begin the program
  • Must have completed all composition, math, and 4th semester ASL
  • Must have at least two professional letters of recommendation
  • Must have an Identity-Verified Prints (IVP) card issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety (for the educational interpreting emphasis only)

Talk With A College Of Education Advisor

Visit coe.arizona.edu/advisors or call 520-621-7865 to determine your advisor.