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Ever thought about teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing  (DHH)? Today, there is a very high demand in the U.S. for qualified listening and spoken language teachers of children who are DHH. John Tracy Center is a world-renowned early intervention center for young children who have hearing loss and is dedicated to helping them develop effective speech, language, and listening skills to thrive in the hearing world.

JTC’s Graduate Program is held in partnership with Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. It reflects the parent-centered mission of JTC to provide teacher candidates with rigorous training to educate young children with hearing loss in collaboration with the children’s parents

The MSMU/JTC DHH Graduate Program offers an inter-disciplinary approach that emphasizes listening and spoken language. The program culminates with a Master of Science in Education and a Preliminary DHH Education Specialist Credential with authorization to teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as students who are English Learners.

The MSMU teacher credential programs lead to a California state authorization. If you wish to practice in a state other than California an MSMU advisor will provide information regarding the requirements of other states.

The MSMU/JTC graduate program has a listening and spoken language focus that serves as the foundation for certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist.  It provides its graduates with a skill set appropriate for developing the cognition, language, listening, and speaking skills of students with hearing loss birth to age 22.

For the last 60 years since establishing our Graduate Program, 100% of graduates have been successful in gaining employment. Teachers of the deaf are in constant demand due to a national shortage.

The rate of program completion is extremely high, with only one percent of students not being able to successfully complete the program. The vast majority of candidates are able to complete the program within the one year. Therefore, the screening process for the program is rigorous to ensure that chosen candidates are able to successfully complete the program.

Candidates must be committed to a listening and spoken language focus to be considered in the application process.

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You can change lives! Join the dynamic field of deaf education!

Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles/John Tracy Center Master’s & Credential Program:

  • Listening and Spoken Language in Early Childhood Deaf Education
  • 11-month Onsite Program at the Los Angeles campus
  • Substantial scholarships assist candidates who are U.S. citizens with tuition

One Year Option – Onsite JTC Campus:

  • For full-time graduate students
  • Full-time participation at John Tracy Center, Los Angeles, in a family-centered, listening and spoken language environment
  • Coursework, fieldwork, and practica at John Tracy Center and surrounding listening and spoken language programs in Los Angeles
  • Accredited Master’s Degree and California Teaching Credential
  • Extensive experience with children who use cochlear implants
  • Opportunities in inclusive educational settings
  • Practicum rotations in:
    • Transdisciplinary approach
    • Auditory-Verbal Therapy, including Tele-therapy
    • Parent-infant sessions
    • Preschool classrooms using listening and spoken language
    • Elementary classrooms using listening and spoken language
    • Inclusive/mainstream settings
    • Itinerant settings
    • Parent education workshops
    • Parent support groups

Accredited by WASC and CTC

** The Graduate Distance Program is not being offered at this time **

For more details about both our on-campus and online/distance graduate program courses, please visit our FAQ page or contact
Victoria Wickware at (213) 863-9973.