Contact Information

Contact for Kansas School for the Deaf:

Luanne Barron, 
Assistant Superintendent Kansas School for the Deaf
450 E. Park
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 791-0513

Contact for Valdosta State University:

Nanci Scheetz, 
Program Coordinator Valdosta State University
1500 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 219-1322

To learn more specifics about admissions requirements and specific course requirements click the link below. 

Are you interested in becoming a Teacher of the Deaf? 

Teachers of the Deaf (TOD) fulfill a number of roles in Kansas schools today including; 
  • teach students at the state school for the deaf, 
  • teach and coordinate services for students who are deaf within a special education cooperative,
  • teach students who are deaf in a local school district, 
  • work with parents of children who are deaf with the birth-three programs across the state. 
Are you interested in earning your Deaf Education Certificate for free?

The Kansas School for the Deaf and the Kansas Department of Education have partnered with Valdosta State University in Georgia to provide candidates an opportunity to ear a Master's Degree in Deaf Education. This grant will fully fund a person to obtain their endorsement as a teacher of the deaf in the State of Kansas. It will also provide the newly certified teacher of the deaf to receive mentoring for up to three years while they begin their teaching career with students who are deaf/hard of hearing. 

Who is Eligible for this Program?
This program is open to any person that holds a valid Kansas license in regular or special education and/or content endorsement. Selected applicants will be enrolled in the Master's in Special Education: Deaf Education program at Valdosta State University, Georgia to receive their degree and certification as a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD). All coursework is provided by Valdosta is conducted via online and distance learning technologies. The Kansas School for the Deaf will provide additional coursework, field experience, and mentor teachers to assist the participant throughout the program. The grant provides full funding for all university classes, fees, textbooks, and supplies. 

In addition, the participants will be supported to attend state, regional and national conferences. This allows the future TODs to be familiar with evidence based practices in the field of deaf education, and instructional strategies that will build content knowledge. All expenses will be covered for selected conferences. 

Program Partners

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  Additional Information   

Teacher of the Deaf Endorsement information


TOD Evaluation Brief
Click here to download

TOD Program Info
VSU M.Ed. Program Info
Click here to download

 Program Info

TOD Application
Click here to download
summer programing

TOD Summer Immersion Info