Teachers may use the tools below for professional development or to enhance their support for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).

MDE-LIO does not endorse the purchase or use of any non-State Board of Education-adopted commercial products. Products and services noted below are included for information only and their inclusion should not be interpreted as a recommendation of MDE-LIO.


Educational Supports for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
This Edupaths course created by MDE-LIO provides an overview of educational supports available for students who are DHH, how to access resources, and how to best support students who are DHH in the classroom and at school.

DHH Consortium for Teacher Preparation
The Michigan Department of Education has partnered with several out-of-state institutions of higher education that have teacher preparation programs. Together, they deliver an online endorsement program that allows certified teachers to earn an additional endorsement in DHH on their Michigan teaching certificate. The program is managed through the Aquinas College School of Education.

Teacher Consultants for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Roles and Functions [PDF]
Michigan School Professionals for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (MSPSDHH) offers a list of potential job responsibilities for teacher consultants.

Classroom Interpreting Guide for Teachers
This Gallaudet University guide helps classroom teachers work with and understand the role of interpreters in the classroom. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.

Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Service Guidelines [PDF]
This document describes essential program elements and features that must be considered when designing appropriate services for students who are DHH. The guidelines represent best practices from the field.

Virtual Activities for Teachers and Families COVID-19
The Texas Sensory Support Network offers a LiveBinder with DHH-specific activity resources collected from several sources.

Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
This blog offers a variety of information for professionals, including tips for e-learning accessibility.

CSD Learns: Toolkits
CSD Learns offers free educator resources, including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) toolkits that have ready-made presentations with instructional content featuring STEM role models.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)
DCMP offers accessible educational videos for students who are DHH. Many resources are also available for learning American Sign Language (ASL).

See Hear Communication Matters
This website provides tips and resources about issues related to hearing loss, including suggestions for apps and assistive technology. The content is written and compiled by Dr. Tina Childress, an audiologist who is Deaf.

Professional Development

FSDB Pineapple Professional Development
The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) provides free webinars as well as videos and pictures of best practices.

Supporting Success Courses
Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss offers free and paid professional development webinars.