What are the job prospects for teacher of the deaf?
Throughout the almost 60 years that the JTC Graduate Program has been in existence, 100% of the 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. Most candidates are able to complete the program within the one-year. The screening process for the program is rigorous, to ensure that chosen candidates are able to complete the program. The program supports candidates who may struggle from time to time as well, to successful completion of the program.

The emphasis of the Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles/JTC Graduate Program is on listening spoken language. Course work and practicum experiences provide a variety of experiences supported by research that support the graduate students’ foundational skills in Listening and Spoken Language for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The program usually is taken as a whole, since the candidate becomes part of a cohort that progresses through the program together. The program is designed as a spiral curriculum, where each course builds upon previous courses, so all courses are required. However, it may be possible to take selected courses outside the credential or degree program.

The Program is a joint venture between Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, and the John Tracy Center, though most classes take place at the John Tracy Center campus in Los Angeles. The program confers a Master of Science in Education: Emphasis in Education Specialist Deaf and Hard of Hearing  or, upon completion of additional requirements, a California Credential as an Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The John Tracy Center is a world-renowned center for parents and their young children with a hearing loss. The Graduate Program reflects the mission of the Center in providing candidates with specific skills in building collaborative partnerships with parents and their young children from birth through age 5.
The Program has a spoken language focus, specifically listening and spoken language. The candidate’s education is geared to provide a skill set appropriate to teaching language, listening, speech, and cognition to students with a hearing loss from birth to age 22. Candidates must be committed to a listening and spoken language focus to be considered in the application process.

No. The certification process for a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist: Auditory-Verbal Therapist® or Auditory-Verbal Educator® requires education and experience more extensive than a year or two of coursework can provide. However, since auditory-verbal principles and practices are integrated into many courses in the Program, coursework and hours of practicum may be used to satisfy some of the requirements of the certification process involved in becoming an Auditory-Verbal Therapist® or Auditory-Verbal Educator®. Please see for more information.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has established internships to deal with the severe teacher shortage for children with hearing loss. The Program has designed ways to work within the framework of California internships. Qualified graduate students will be allowed to accept internships as full-time DHH teachers at Centers of Excellence that utilize components of the AG Bell Association’s “Components of a Quality Auditory-Oral Program”.

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U.S. citizens may receive substantial scholarship support, which may cover the full cost of tuition. Available federal grant monies vary from year to year, so scholarship support varies from year to year. 

Student loans may also provide additional monies for the candidate, up to $20,500 a year for graduate students through FAFSA. The "Financial Aid Year" for FAFSA consists of three terms: Fall/Spring/Summer. If you are accepted into the program and plan to apply for financial assistance, you will need to file a FAFSA 

The candidate may obtain a student loan, and if employed in an eligible California school for the required number of years, the APLE program will forgive a significant part of the loan. Women candidates are also eligible for PEO loans of up to $12,000 at 3% interest. 

The Program also helps each Onsite candidate apply for the Emblem Club Scholarships, which may provide between $3,000 and $12,000 over the year-long program. This is a grant, not a loan, and does not require repayment.

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  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from accredited college/university
  • Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) in all work

Prerequisites Courses

  • ASL and Deaf Culture
  • Principles of Teaching Reading


The following tests are required for those seeking a California credential (for both Distance Learning and Onsite Programs).

  • TOEFL (required for prospective candidates for whom English is a second language)
  • CBEST California Basic Educational Skills Test (passing score)
  • CSET California Subject Exam for Teachers: Multiple Subjects I, II, III (passing score on at least one)

If you feel that your philosophy, goals, and dispositions are a match with the program, and if you also meet the requirements listed, and can commit to the rigorous program described, contact:

Bridget Scott-Weich, EdD, NBC, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Director of Graduate Programs and Administration
John Tracy Center
2160 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Voice: (213) 863-9984