Employment Opportunities

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.

Residential Counselor

Type: Starting August 2017
Rate/Salary: $38-55,000/year
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Supervise students during non-classroom hours; provide instructional and recreational activities for proper social, physical, and intellectual development.


Rate/Salary: $14.50/hr; full benefits
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Maintain campus grounds; requires strong attention to detail and knowledge of landscaping and grounds maintenance.

Iowa School for the Deaf
3501 Harry Langdon Blvd.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

PH: 712.366.0571