working for agencies and organizations that provide services to the deaf community. Students are hired as teaching assistants, job coaches, residential dorm counselors, case managers, program coordinators, or administrative specialists at a variety of work settings. Some students elect to continue their studies at the graduate level in Social Work, Deaf Education, or Business Administration. Others enter academic programs that prepare sign language interpreters.
Students in the Deaf Culture focus area are prepared to work in similar job settings, and might also look towards jobs assisting in theatres for the deaf, publishing companies that offer literature and videos about the deaf, or work as research assistants in the fields of sociology or anthropology. Students with this focus can also elect to continue their studies at the graduate level.
Students who elect the combined Deaf Studies - Elementary Education major will be certified to teach in elementary schools for hearing children once they finish the program. Some graduates stay in the field of Elementary Education and work with deaf students who are included in their classrooms. Others may be hired as teachers or aides working with deaf students, and enter graduate programs in teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
Students who enroll in the combined Deaf Studies - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major planning to pursue careers in these fields need to continue their studies at the graduate level to become certified as Audiologists or Speech-Language Pathologists. This combined major prepares students to provide services to individuals who use American Sign Language.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is the national certifying body for sign language interpreters. As of 2012, the RID requires completion of a Bachelor's degree to apply for certification. Currently the Deaf Studies major does not provide an interpreter preparation program. However, students who complete the Deaf Studies degree and develop proficiency in American Sign Language are fully prepared to enter programs that prepare graduates to earn RID certification. Some students elect to begin interpreting courses at the nearby Community College of Baltimore County- Catonsville while simultaneously completing the Deaf Studies major at Towson University. Advisors in the Deaf Studies program can provide more information on these options.
The following web sites provide more information on deaf culture and careers for Deaf Studies graduates.
Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies