Nontraditional Deaf Education Certification Program

  • The purpose of the Nontraditional Deaf Education Certification Program is to provide quality training to selected individuals throughout the state of Texas that will lead to an increase in the number of highly qualified and certified teachers serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the state of Texas.

    Region 17 ESC will accept applications for Cohort 17 of this project from January 6, 2020 through March 13, 2020.

    Program Details

    The Program is one year in length (May – May). The course work, training, and experiences prepare participants to meet competency standards for certification through the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES 181) for Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Participants will earn 27 hours of graduate credit through Texas Tech University College of Education.

    Coursework is provided through a blended format of web-based instruction (such as Blackboard), scheduled ZOOM sessions on some Saturdays (online from your own location), and periodic meetings in participants' districts with ESC 17 staff members during the fall and spring semesters. 

    Additionally, students accepted for cohort 17 are required to attend orientation in Lubbock. The dates are tentatively set for May 27-May 29, 2020 prior to Summer I classes.  The selected cohort members will be notified of the official dates by March 27, 2020. Students will be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend this orientation.

    In the spring semester, cohort participants will visit Texas School for the Deaf in Austin as a group. Participants will be reimbursed for their travel expenses, and districts will be reimbursed for the cost of substitute teachers.

    Applicant Requirements 

    Applicants who apply to this deaf education certification program must currently

    • be certified in one or more areas of education,
    • have three or more years of teaching experience and
    • have computer and internet access.

    Expectations of Scholarship Receipients 

    Applicants who apply to this deaf education certification program must

    • apply and be accepted to Texas Tech University and the College of Education,
    • attend orientation in Lubbock prior to the start of coursework,
    • take and pass the TExES 181 certification exam upon completion of the program, and
    • commit to working as a teacher of students who are deaf or hard of hearing for a minimum of 2 years.

    Participants who receive the scholarship will be responsible for any financial responsibilities not covered by the scholarship.

    ***The continuation of this program is contingent upon continued funding by the Texas Education Agency.


    For additional information regarding the Nontraditional Deaf Education Certification Program, please contact:

    Region 17 ESC

    Student Support Services

    Tonya Gary

    (806) 281-55764


    For Questions about the Deaf Education Program at Texas Tech University contact:

    Dr. Leigh Kackley


    For TTU application guidance contact:

    Pam Lindell