Deaf/Hard of Hearing

The program offers two tracks for candidates preparing for careers serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing, a Teacher Preparation Track and an Educational Interpreter Track.

In the teacher preparation track, candidates must couple education of the deaf/hard of hearing with a major in elementary or secondary education. The preparation meets or exceeds the joint Council for Exceptional Children/Council of the Deaf (CEC/CED) standards for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing. Required courses in the teacher preparation track are:

SPED 1110, American Sign Language I; SPED 1114, ASL I Lab; SPED 1120, American Sign Language II; SPED 1124, ASL II Lab; SPED 2110, American Sign Language III; SPED 2114, ASL III Lab; SPED 2120, American Sign Language IV; SPED 2124, ASL IV Lab; SPED 2200, The History, Psychology and Sociology of Deafness; SPED 3110, American Sign Language V; SPED 3114, ASL V Lab; SPED 4220, Teaching Speech to Deaf/Hard of Hearing; SPED 4420, Early Language Development in Children or SPED 4230, Language Development and Disorders for Teachers; SPED 4240, Teaching Language Deaf/Hard of Hearing*; SPED 4330, Aural Rehabilitation; SPED 4350, Teaching Content Subjects to Deaf/Hard of Hearing; SPED 4370, Basic Audiology; SPED 1114, ASL I Lab; SPED 1124, ASL II Lab; SPED 2114; ASL III Lab; SPED 2124; ASL IV Lab;SPED 3114, ASL Lab V; SPED 4220, Teaching Speech to Deaf/Hard of Haring; SPED 4420, Early Language Development in Children or SPED 4230, Language Development and Disorders for Teachers; SPED 4240, Teaching Language Deaf/Hard of Hearing*; SPED 4330, Aural Rehabilitation; SPED 4350. Teaching Contest Subjects to Deaf/Heard of Hearing; SPED 4370, Basic Audiology; SPED 4390, Hearing Science; SPED 4650, Transition Planning (for 7-12 only); SPED 4710, Interactions with Parents of Individuals with Disabilities; SPED 4720, Student Teaching in Special Education; SPED 4810, Classroom Management: Each candidate will also complete the professional education sequence, including EDUC 2510, Applied Special Education, and EDUC 2030, Human Relations.

The teacher preparation track also offers a K-12 field endorsement option. This option prepares teachers to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in self-contained settings (e.g., day school, state school for the deaf) at all grade levels. The preparation meets or exceeds the joint Council for Exceptional Children/Council of the Deaf (CEC/CED) standards for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing. Required courses in the K-12 track are:

SPED 1110, American Sign Language I; SPED 1120, American Sign Language II; SPED 2110, American Sign Language III; SPED 2120, American Sign Language IV; SPED 2200, History, Psychology, & Sociology of Deafness; SPED 3110, American Sign Language V; SPED 4220, Teaching Speech to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing; SPED 4240, Teaching Language to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing; SPED 4230, Language Development & Disorders for Teachers or SPED 4420, Early Language Development in Children; SPED 4330, Aural Rehabilitation; SPED 4350, Teaching Content Subjects to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing; SPED 4650, Career Development for Individuals with Disabilities; SPED 4710, Interactions with Parents of Individuals with Disabilities; SPED 4800, Emotional Development of Children and Youth; SPED 4810, Classroom Management; SPED 4720, Student Teaching in Special Education* (Elementary/Secondary). Each candidate also will complete the professional education sequence: EDUC 2010, Human Growth and Learning, EDUC 2510, Applied Special Education; EDUC 2520, Instructional Systems; EDUC 2524, Intermediate Field Experience; TED 4320, Teaching Social Studies; TED 4330, Teaching of Math; and TED 4340, Teaching of Science.

*Competency in sign language is required for student teaching.

The educational interpreter preparation track provides a specialized sequence of course work and experiences related to sign language interpreting and transliterating in PreK-12 educational settings. This preparation track is designed to provide advanced training for individuals who have already established basic competence in sign language and have basic knowledge and skills in sign language interpreting. Upon completion of all requirements, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Basic preparation in sign language and interpreting is available through a joint program with Metropolitan Community College. Students also may transfer into the advanced block from other two-year interpreter preparation programs (IPP) or sign language/interpreting certificate programs. Candidates may enter the preparation at several points. However, in order to complete the preparation, candidates must meet all of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree (i.e., university general education requirements, professional education sequence, basic interpreting block [knowledge, skills, and competencies], advanced interpreting block, suitable gpa). Required course work will vary depending on previous post-secondary experiences of the candidates.

Degree Requirements

The following course work is required in the advanced interpreting block.

EDUC 2010Human Growth and Learning

3 credits

EDUC 2510Applied Special Education

3 credits

EDUC 2520Instructional Systems

3 credits

EDUC 2524Intermediate Field Experiences Practicum

0 credits

SPED 3100English/ASL Comparative Linguistics

3 credits

SPED 3110American Sign Language V

3 credits

SPED 3120English/Signed Language Interpreting for Grades K-6

3 credits

SPED 3130English/Signed Language Interpreting for Grades 7-12

3 credits

SPED 3140Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics for Interpreters in the Educational Setting

3 credits

SPED 4110Communication Systems Used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Educational Settings

3 credits

SPED 4230Language Development and Disorders for Teachers

3 credits

SPED 4270Language Development in Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

3 credits

SPED 4310Simultaneous Interpreting Between English and Signed Language

3 credits

SPED 4320Spoken/Signed Transliteration

3 credits

SPED 4740Educational Interpreter School Practicum and Seminar

12 credits

Total Credit Hours:51

Students interested in becoming educational interpreters should contact the department for additional information and transcript review.