Deaf Services

Preparing for careers working with the Deaf

You don't have to be an interpreter to work with the Deaf. In ACC's three-semester Deaf Services Certificate, students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain entry-level jobs working with the Deaf. This program is designed for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing but is open to all students. Graduates are prepared for face-to-face human services careers such as teacher's aides, recreation aides, rehabilitation technicians, and more - in settings including the Texas School for the Deaf, mainstream school districts, and within Deaf-oriented social service and nonprofit organizations.

*This certificate is Texas Skills Initiative (TSI) exempt. For non TSI-exempt students, certain prerequisites apply.

What skills can I gain?

Students build marketable skills for entry-level jobs in schools and agencies that provide services for the Deaf. Areas of study in the Deaf Services certificate program include psychology, child growth and development, therapeutic recreation, drug and alcohol addiction, first aid and safety, and advanced American Sign Language. To provide a first-hand look at the realities of the field, the program also includes a semester-long internship that lets students put classroom lessons into practice.

How long will it take to earn a certificate?

The Deaf Services certificate requires most full-time students at least one year to complete their studies.

Where can I work with this education?

This training is suited to help students obtain entry-level jobs including teacher aides, resident hall assistants, recreation aides, and rehabilitation technicians anywhere services for the Deaf are provided. Some employers include Texas School for the Deaf, mainstream K-12 schools, and Deaf-oriented social service and nonprofit organizations.

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications.

This certificate program is Texas Skills Initiative (TSI) exempt. Non TSI-exempt students must meet one of the following requirements before registering:

  • Pass the reading and writing portions of the TSI assessment
  • Pass or have concurrent enrollment in ESOL 0324 and ESOL 0332, OR ESOL 0382 and ESOL 0362, OR DEVW 1403 and DEVR 1303