Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Department of Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Goodspeed


Work experience, parental support/influence, career barriers, and resiliency were themes examined in relation to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students’ career decision self-efficacy. DHH students at the higher education level were surveyed and interviewed to collect quantitative and qualitative data. Work experience had an impact on career decision making self-efficacy by helping to inform students of their career decisions and aid them in skill development. Parental support helped to decrease career indecision in DHH students, and were the people students went to the most with career concerns, particularly in their beginning years of college. The career barriers DHH students were most concerned about were perceptions employers have of DHH people and communication issues. Even though many students were concerned with barriers, most of them believed they had the resiliency to overcome any barriers. DHH students with low resiliency tended to have low career decision self-efficacy and greater concern for barriers.