The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education has launched an early-childhood education (ECE) certificate program for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. This two-year, part-time program will be offered online, and its content will be fully captioned and interpreted. The program will also include in-person practicum placements throughout British Columbia.

“This program will help not only the needs of young kids who are Deaf and hard of hearing, but also opens up opportunities for adults who are Deaf and hard of hearing to be appropriately employed in areas of expertise where we have great need,” said UBC Director of the ECE program Dr Laurie Ford. The program is reportedly the first of its kind in Canada.