Admissions note: FIRST
YEARS is not accepting applications. If you have questions
regarding the program, please contact Kathryn
Wilson, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply to the FIRST YEARS Certificate in Auditory Learning
for Young Children with Hearing Loss, you will be creating a MyUNC Guest
Once admitted, you will receive a PID
– a Personal IDentification Number, which you will then use
to create a UNC onyen
– the Only Number You'll Ever Need.
You will use the onyen, throughout your certificate stay, to access all
Applicant Email Addresses
FIRST YEARS relies mainly on email to communicate with all applicants
and enrolled students. Therefore, please include a current email address
on your application.
To participate in the FIRST YEARS Certificate in Auditory Learning
for Young Children with Hearing Loss, you must 1) hold a baccalaureate
degree in one of the following fields -- deaf education, audiology, speech-language
pathology, early childhood special education or special education, 2) hold
a license in the state of residence, and 3) have at least two years of
experience working with children with hearing loss aged birth - 8 years.
Potential students will submit the following:
current email address;
$77 application fee (non-refundable, payable by credit card (Visa/MasterCard)
or check/money order);
from all post-secondary education*~;
proof(s) of licensure~;
2 letters of recommendation, with an email address for each recommender
if available (One should be a letter of support from current employer,
if employed. Before applying, contact your recommenders to verify they
are willing to write recommendations for you. This will simplify the application
a résumé (optional)*;
a personal statement* describing how the certificate
is relevant to you; and
an online application (Instructions
for submitting your application).
* Acceptable upload formats:
.docx, .doc, .txt, .pdf, .rtf, .wps, .wrd. (If you use a word processing
application that creates another file format, save your document as "Rich
~ Official transcipts and
proof(s) of licensure will be mailed/faxed in.
Tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for the certificate is $215 per
credit hour, the fees per credit hour are $24.48 for a TOTAL of $239.48
per credit hour for tuition + fees.
Other expenses may be incurred such as required immunizations, books,
travel to a mentorship site, etc.
More questions about FIRST YEARS program requirements/costs?
See our Frequently Asked Questions
section or feel free to contact