THE PRAXIS II Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Exam (0271) is taken by candidates interested in teaching deaf or hard of hearing students at any grade level. The test is composed of 40 multiple choice questions followed by two brief essay questions. Candidates have two hours to complete the exam.
The Human Development and the Learning Process section of the exam covers the impact of culture, society and psychology on deaf and hard of hearing students; student and family issues; deaf culture; the effects of deafness on child development; resources and support organizations available to deaf or hard of hearing students and their families; audiology; causes of deafness; medical and surgical concerns regarding hearing loss; language development; literacy; American Sign Language (ASL), and current theories and methodologies in deaf education.
The Educational Policies and Practices section of the exam covers curriculum and instruction, the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), classroom placement, important court cases and legislation that impact deaf and hard of hearing students, communication issues, employment concerns, and the history of deaf education.