Deaf/Hard of Hearing

The program offers two options for candidates preparing for careers serving children who are deaf /hard of hearing.  One program is the teacher preparation program at the elementary of secondary education level.  The second program is a non-teaching Sign Language Interpreter option.

In the teacher preparation option, candidates must complete a dual endorsement program with the deaf/hard of hearing and 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 4220, Teaching Speech to Deaf/Hard of Hearing; SPED 4220, 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 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.

*Competency in sign language is required for student teaching.

The sign language interpreter preparation option provides a specialized sequence of course work and experiences related to sign language interpreting in academic community and specialized settings.  Students will establish competence in sign language and then develop the skills of interpreting between English and American Sign Language.  Upon completion of all requirements, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

American Sign Language endorsement can to be added to a regular NE teaching certificate at the elementary or secondary level,  the following course work must be completed:  SPED 1110, ASL I; SPED 1114, ASL I LAB; SPED 1120, ASL II; SPED 1124, ASL II LAB; SPED 2110, ASL III; SPED 2114, ASL III LAB;  SPED 2120, ASL IV; SPED 2124, ASL IV LAB;  SPED 2200, History, Psychology, and Sociology of Deafness; SPED 3110, ASL V; SPED 3114, ASL V LAB; ENGL 3610, Introduction to Linguistics; SPED 3100,English/ASL Comparative Linguistics; SPED 4280, Teaching American Sign Language as a Second Language; SPED 4720, Student teaching in Special Education; SPED 4810, Classroom Management.

 

Degree Requirements

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

EDUC 2010Human Growth and Learning

3

EDUC 2510Applied Special Education

3

EDUC 2520Instructional Systems

3

EDUC 2524Intermediate Field Experiences Practicum

0

SPED 3100English/ASL Comparative Linguistics

3

SPED 3110American Sign Language V

3

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

3

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

3

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

3

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

3

SPED 4230Language Development and Disorders for Teachers

3

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

3

SPED 4310Simultaneous Interpreting Between English and Signed Language

3

SPED 4320Spoken/Signed Transliteration

3

SPED 4740Educational Interpreter School Practicum and Seminar

12

Total Credit Hours:51

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