Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Minnesota Resource Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, part of MDE, is a statewide resource center providing information and resources to help families and educators meet the educational needs of Minnesota children and youth who have a hearing loss. Children and youth who have varying types and degrees of hearing loss may be eligible to receive special education and related services. See the Deaf and Hard of Hearing library for educational materials located at the Academy for the Deaf.
Read Minnesota Rule language regarding eligibility criteria.
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee develops recommendations and submits an annual legislative report to the Commissioner of Education. For more information, download the Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Minnesota report below.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Talking Points - 6/24/21
Information and resources from the Minnesota Department of Education and Regional Low Incidence Projects
Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing - 6/30/20
Summary of data, efforts, needs and results of work from education-based agencies, departments and individuals who serve students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Minnesota.
Find full text of Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.31: American Sign Language, as well as the application for the Sign Language Proficiency Interview from the Minnesota Academy for the Deaf, under Related offsite resources at right. Download two-year provisional certification and extension forms below.
Send all interpreter forms electronically to Mary Cashman-Bakken, MDE State Specialist: D/HH.
Request an Extension for an Interpreter - Form A
Form A for extension request for interpreter
Request an Interpreter Extension - Form B
Form B for extension request for interpreter
Two-Year Provisional Form for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpreters
Form for two-year provisional certification for interpreters/transliterators working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
Request an Extension for an Interpreter - Cover Sheet and Checklist
Cover sheet and checklist for extension request for interpreter
Request an Extension for an Interpreter - Form 1 and Contact Information
Form 1 and contact information for extension request for interpreter
Request an Extension for an Interpreter - Procedures
Procedures for submission and review of forms
This and the following five documents are for an extension to the two-year provisional license for interpreters working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing. This document contains due dates and instructions for the letter of intent and Forms A and B.
Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment
May 8, 2015 memo from Commissioner Cassellius: MDE is examining issues related to interpreters’ scores on the Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment (EIPA). Until that work is completed, the commissioner is temporarily lowering the score needed on the EIPA.
Find Placement and Readiness Checklists (PARC) for students who are deaf and hard of hearing in the Related offsite resources on this page. The checklists help Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams make decisions about programming and placement for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Part C Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers (Birth to Age 3) with Sensory Loss: Recommended Collaborative Practices
recommended collaborative practices when providing early intervention services for infants and toddlers with sensory loss, including those who are Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind
Resources for Assessment of Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This manual provides information and guidance for conducting assessments and monitoring student progress.
Compensatory Skills Checklist
Use this form for assessing hard-of-hearing students' compensatory skills.
Social Skills Checklist
This checklist is a guide for all teachers of the D/HH and their districts to use with D/HH Children Birth-21. This checklist is a guide/tool for the Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
Social Skills Worksheets
Sample worksheets to assist with determining needs or identifying concerns.
Minnesota Transition Guide for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Resources for schools and other agencies involved in the lives of transition-aged students in Minnesota who are deaf or hard of hearing.