Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) need opportunities for career education, including academic instruction, developing daily living skills, getting out in the community, and gaining vocational experience.

This area of the expanded core curriculum includes:

  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Soft Skills Training
  • Job-Seeking Skills
  • Money Management

(Source: The Expanded Core Curriculum for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)


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.

DeafTEC’s goal is to successfully integrate more individuals who are DHH into highly-skilled technician jobs in which they are currently under-represented and underutilized.

PACER: Middle and High School Transition Planning
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides an overview on transition planning for students with disabilities in middle school and high school. The section also provides links and resources on the process of transition planning.

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University provides a community of learning for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing students who seek a personalized education and strong career preparation in a bilingual (English and American Sign Language) environment. The liberal arts university maintains a tradition of research and scholarly activity and promotes the intellectual and professional advancement of its graduates.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
NTID—one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)—is a career-oriented, technological university. RIT/NTID offers access and support services and features faculty who specialize in educating students who are DHH.

National Association for the Deaf: Support Services in Higher Education
Colleges and universities are required to provide services to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The National Association of the Deaf outlines the obligations of higher education institutions.

National Deaf Center
The National Deaf Center (formerly "pepnet 2") was created by the University of Texas at Austin. The center provides resources, information, and technical assistance for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

National Employment Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NERC)
The NERC provides DHH-specific employment information, statistics, and publications for employers and employees. The site also includes tips and information for job-seekers.

The Transition Process From High School to Postsecondary Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
This page offers transition resources for parents of students who are DHH.