Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities

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This graduate-level online certificate program prepares current educators, other educational professionals, and second year graduate students seeking certification and/or state licensure in the area of special education to work with deaf and hard of hearing students who have disabilities. It can be taken for either PST or graduate credit. It emphasizes culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a foundation for preparing highly qualified special education teachers. The program focuses on working with the whole child, the family, and other professionals while merging content standards and CEC standards, in addition to general, bilingual, special, and deaf education pedagogy through coursework to prepare teacher candidates to work with a diverse group of children within a range of educational settings. Although completing the on-line educating deaf students with disabilities certificate program will not result in a license, the program is designed to

Program of Study (21 credits)

PST 711 - Trends in Special Education (online, 3 credits)  (PST 711 should be taken early in the program. The other courses may be taken either at the beginning or end of the program.)
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PST 715 - Teaching Functional Curriculum (online, 3 credits)
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PST 717 - Assessment of Deaf Students with Disabilities (online, 3 credits)
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PST 716 - Differentiating Instruction in the Content Areas (online, 3 credits)
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PST 712 - Classroom Management (online, 3 credits)
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PST 713 - Home-School Continuum: Collaboration with Families, Professionals, and Paraeducators (online, 3 credits)
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PST 714 - Language and Literacy Development for Deaf Students with Disabilities (online, 3 credits)
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Admission Requirements

Applicants for the PST Certificate in Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities must meet the following program requirements:
1. A completed CCOE Application Form,including payment of a $75 non-refundable application fee. The CCOE application can be submitted in conjunction with registration for the first class offered in the program.
2. A BA or BS degree in education or related field as evidenced by submission of an official transcript from an accredited university.
3. A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) study. Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.
4. One letter of reference
5. Access to working with children in an academic environment during program. This access can be on the job or through a practicum or internship experience.
6. An introductory course about individuals with disabilities and the characteristics of the disabilities (equivalent to EDU 670 in Gallaudet's Department of Education)
7. ASL skills preferred, but not required
8. Technology requirements and Computer Requirements/skills: A Mac or PC computer with access to the internet capable of running a most recent and updated web browser is necessary for participation in our online courses. The minimum operating system are Windows XP or higher for PC and MacOS 10.5 or higher for Mac. See Online Computer Requirements for more detailed information. Students are responsible for obtaining their own Internet access and are expected to have basic computer and internet literacy prior to the start of the course, including use of email, word processing programs, presentation programs (such as PowerPoint), and the internet to search for information.
9. TOEFL scores for all international applicants.

If you are interested in applying for the graduate certificate, please visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information or contact
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