Whether there is a current opening or not, there is great demand for skilled professionals working in the field of deaf education.
Teachers of the Deaf require a regular classroom teaching license (such as elementary education or secondary education with a subject area endorsement) as well as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) endorsement. Information on Iowa’s teaching licenses and the application process to get an Iowa teaching license can be found at: http://www.state.ia.us/boee/. University of Iowa has a D/HH endorsement program as does the University of Nebraska in Omaha (UNO) and in Lincoln (UNL). The Deaf Ed website: www.deafed.net lists many Deaf Education programs in the US.
Residential Counselor positions require a BA or BS degree (many majors are acceptable) as well as sign language skills. Residential Counselors provide after-school supervision, tutoring, enrichment programming, and informal counseling.
Educational Interpreters are in great demand. Interpreter Training Programs (ITP) can be found at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD; Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska; UNO; as well as other universities nation-wide. Sign language interpreters have a licensing requirement in Iowa. Information about Interpreter licensure can be found at: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure/SignLanguageInterpretersandTransliterators.aspx
School Assistants work primarily one-on-one with multi-disabled students. It is preferred that applicants have the Iowa Paraeducator Certification. Information about the Paraeducator preparation programs can be found at: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/para.html.
Iowa School for the Deaf has a variety of positions to consider for employment. Current openings are listed here. Be sure to read the job posting for application procedures on each position.