CID’s mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed. We empower families and professionals in St. Louis and worldwide to help children reach their fullest potential.

We offer educational opportunities and resources for children and families as well as professionals (deaf education and general education teachers, speech-language pathologists, auditory-verbal therapists, audiologists, program administrators and others).


CID’s value statements help to define our culture. They inform our interactions with one another and with the children, families and professionals we serve. Our five core values are:

    • We value innovation that contributes to student achievement and the advancement of our field. We achieve this through ongoing evaluation of self, program and organization. This reflective innovation is fueled by experience, intuition, creative thinking and evidenced-based best practices.
    • We value sharing and collaborating within and across departments and with families, community, universities and professionals who can help children who are deaf or hard of hearing achieve their fullest potential. We further recognize that both formal and informal communication between CID administration and staff – from the top down and the bottom up – are paramount to CID’s success as an organization.
    • Every child, family, employee and professional’s voice is heard and respected at CID. We value fairness, tradition, diversity, manners and the needs of individuals, including the need for home and work balance.
    • CID is dedicated to educating the whole child by adapting services to meet the individual needs of each child and family. We are committed to providing these services attentively and selflessly while remaining true to our mission.
    • All members of the CID family demand excellence from themselves, co-workers, students, families and the professionals we serve. We are committed to being a professional learning community and therefore a leader in the field. We achieve this through personal and professional accountability, honesty, continual self improvement/education and all the values stated above.


The CID educational program is fully accredited and locally and nationally recognized.

The school is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Illinois State Board of Education. Our Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center staff are credentialed providers for the First Steps program in Missouri and the Child and Family Connections program in Illinois.

CID’s teachers are fully accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). CID continuing education workshops and online courses are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and offer AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) certification credits. CID is an approved Illinois State Board of Education provider of professional development activities.

From 2009 through 2021 (10+ years), Charity Navigator has awarded CID its highest 4-star ranking. This level indicates that CID executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way that outperforms most other U.S. charities. CID has a Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest rating from Guidestar. Our award-winning program has been replicated at other schools.

CID is a recipient of a FOCUS-St. Louis “What’s Right With the Region!” Award for Creating Quality Educational Opportunities.

The school building was constructed with “quiet school” technology, exceeding ASHA standards to meet the educational needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The building received a Regional Excellence Award from St. Louis Construction News and Review and a Construction Keystone Award for Partnering Excellence from the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis. In 2001, the Landmarks Association of St. Louis named the CID campus one of the city’s Eleven Most Enhanced Sites. In 2003, the school received an Impact on Learning Award from School Planning and Management magazine.

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An alliance that began as a trusted handshake in 1931 became a formal affiliation in September 2003. After decades working together, Washington University School of Medicine entered into an historic agreement with CID – Central Institute for the Deaf.

This new affiliation formally transferred CID’s graduate training program (PACS – Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences), hearing research programs and adult audiology clinic, along with its state-of-the art, 66,000-square-foot campus and research facilities, into the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology. The CID school, early intervention and professional development programs remained with CID, a financially independent institution.

CID is a member of the Washington University Medical Center, which includes the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish-Children’s Hospitals in the Central West End of St. Louis. CID provides practicum experiences for local graduate students, including deaf education and audiology students in the PACS program and students in the early intervention and speech-language programs at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and Fontbonne University. CID teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, pediatric audiologists and administrators serve on the faculty of local university programs.
CID shares the same campus with CID at Washington University School of Medicine programs. CID benefits from affiliation with the internationally renowned Harold W. Siebens Hearing Research Center, the Center for Childhood Deafness and other laboratory sites composing hearing and deafness research at CID at Washington University School of Medicine. The CID school staff cooperates and collaborates with childhood deafness researchers at Washington University and elsewhere to improve listening, reading and spoken language for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, CID at Washington University School of Medicine’s adult hearing clinics include the Spencer T. Olin Clinic, located on the CID campus.


2021 CID Annual Report

9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021

CID’s fiscal year runs from September 1 through August 31.

Our most recent audited financial statement:

Our most recent 990:

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4th-Year Audiology Extern

The CID – Central Institute for the Deaf pediatric audiology program provides a full range of re/habilitative audiologic services. These include behavioral hearing evaluations, device evaluations (digital hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM systems) and programming, parent counseling and educational outreach. CID audiologists work closely with educators in the CID family center and school addressing the speech, language and hearing needs of children ages birth to age 18.

Each year, we seek a fourth-year audiology extern to participate in all aspects of the audiology clinic. These include making and fitting earmolds, selecting and verifying hearing aids, programming and verifying cochlear implants for children, fitting FM systems and planning appropriate auditory training goals. Through observation and guided supervision, the extern helps counsel families about hearing loss, device options and the cochlear implantation process. Stipend available. 

Send cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation and a copy of current academic transcript to Kathy Holtman, AuD, CCC-A, CID Pediatric Audiology Program, 825 S. Taylor Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri 63110 or e-mail kholtman@cid.edu

EOE/M/F/D/V For more information: 314.977.0104


Content Coordinator                                           

CID – Central Institute for the Deaf is accepting applications for a full-time content coordinator for the Emerson Center for Professional Development. The Emerson Center for Professional Development provides resources to professionals who serve children who are deaf and hard of hearing.  These include curricula, online courses, workshops, in-services and consulting. The content coordinator acts as one of the lead staff members in expanding the center’s product and service offerings. This position involves:

  • collaborating with subject matter experts and other professionals to develop quality products and services
  • managing the product development process
  • writing and/or editing content used in our trainings and publications
  • providing engaging continuing education training, in-person and remotely, to professionals who work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing

We are looking for a candidate with the following education, skills and experience:

  • Minimum of MA or MS in Education of the Deaf or related field
  • Valid credentials (CCC-SLP, CCC-AuD, CED, valid teaching licensure)
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in the field of deaf education or a related field with a focus on providing listening and spoken language services
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Experience training adult audiences

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter to: Professional Development Content Coordinator, c/o Human Resources, Central Institute for the Deaf, 825 S. Taylor Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri 63110 or email cid@cid.edu.



Administrative Assistant                                     

 CID – Central Institute for the Deaf is accepting applications for a part-time (20 hours per week) administrative assistant to support our Emerson Center for Professional Development. This position involves:

  • serving as the primary customer service representative for professionals interested in purchasing CID workshops, online courses, consultations and coaching
  • managing the professional development training cycle from initial contact with customers to service delivery
  • assisting with administering continuing education credits for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and AG Bell.

We are looking for a candidate who is customer-service oriented, detailed, organized, motivated and a team player. Top consideration will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree or higher and 3+ years of administrative experience working in the field of continuing education. Some specific skills we are looking for are:

• Strong customer service skills

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• High level of proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite

• Professional business and phone demeanor

• Ability to multi-task

• Familiarity with administering continuing education units

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter to: Professional Development Administrative Assistant, c/o Human Resources, Central Institute for the Deaf, 825 S. Taylor Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri 63110 or email cid@cid.edu.


CID is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic information and any other factor protected by federal, state or local laws.