Professions in Deafness

Address: 444 School of Education Building
Phone: 336.334.5843
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Majors & Concentrations

  • Advocacy & Services for the Deaf (BS U931
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure B-12 (BS) U162
  • Elementary Education & Special Education (BS) U252
  • Interpreter Preparation (BS U932
  • Special Education (general) (BS) U265
  • Special Education (general) 2Plus (BS) U785

NOTE: Students who enter UNCG with previous signing courses or experiences who intend to pursue any of the PID concentrations should contact Sam Parker about the ASL Placement Test.


The primary mission of the Professions in Deafness program is to prepare professionals to meet the communication, information accessibility, and human services needs of individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing from birth through adulthood. The overarching tie among the PID programs is communication, culture, and accessibility. Each of the programs/concentrations prepares a different type of professional for a variety of career options in deafness such as teachers, interpreters, sign language teachers, or human services personnel.  

About the major

  • The Advocacy and Services for the Deaf concentration prepares professionals to work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of settings other than K-12 schools. In addition to receptive and expressive fluency in signed communication (including American Sign Language), students acquire the human services skills necessary for employment in settings such as resource centers, service centers, vocational rehabilitation, mental health agencies, and group home settings.
  • The Interpreter Preparation concentration prepares professionals to work as interpreters for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in community as well as educational settings. Students acquire knowledge, skills, and strategies to accurately serve as a mediator of communication between individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who can hear. Students acquire receptive
    and expressive fluency in the varieties of signed language used by members of the Deaf community with respect to varying age, gender, ethnicity, and special needs of clients who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. National and state standards require interpreters to hold a bachelor’s degree; thus, this program/concentration meets the needs of students who transfer to UNCG from two-year interpreting programs from community college.
  • The Birth-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure concentration provides preparation for individuals seeking to provide educational services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing for birth-grade 12 who are served in a variety of educational placement settings. Students acquire professional teaching knowledge and skills as well as receptive and expressive proficiency in signed communication including ASL and English-based signed systems. This program is an excellent springboard for students who wish to pursue graduate study in education, speech pathology, audiology, or social work.

Special application procedures

Each PID concentration has specific program admission requirements. Please visit the Professions in Deafness Web page at for admission and contact information.

What's Unique about specialized education services at UNCG?

Professions in Deafness sponsors two annual events that focus on American Sign Language and deaf culture: Deaf-Kiss Fist, celebrating the artistic and cultural accomplishments of members of the deaf community; and ASL Idol, performance of songs in American Sign Language modeled after television's American Idol.

Academic clubs, organizations, and activities

The Deaf-Hearing College Connection (DHCC) offers opportunities for PID students to engage in social and volunteer service interactions with members of the deaf community.

Student opportunities

Internship opportunities are available to all concentrations within the Professions in Deafness major.  Internship placements include working in educational, human service, and a variety of interpreting settings. 


  • Each Professions in Deafness program/concentration prepares graduates to serve children, youth, and adults who have hearing loss or to teach hearing students how to communicate in American Sign Language.
  • Graduates of PID programs/concentrations have pursued careers in public schools, interpreting agencies, the federal government, professional organizations, and private agencies.
  • Many graduates extend their degrees through master’s level studies at nationally recognized universities such as Gallaudet University, McDaniel College, Vanderbilt University, and Northeastern University.

Professional organizations and accreditation

Teacher licensure programs are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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