Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

The program offers two options for candidates preparing for careers serving individuals who are deaf /hard of hearing.  One program is the teacher preparation program at the elementary or secondary education level.  The second program is a  Sign Language Interpreting 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 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 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.

Teaching American Sign Language as a World Language can be an additional endorsement on a regular Nebraska teaching certificate at the elementary or secondary level,  if the following course work 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;  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.*Competency in sign language is required for student teaching.

Non-Teaching Program

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.