The bachelor of interdisciplinary studies (B.I.S.) degree offers a concentration in deaf studies. This concentration will give learners the foundation they need to work with the deaf community. Graduates of this program may go on to work in non-profits, in non-teaching positions at deaf education programs, or pursue a teaching certificate through a graduate program. Information about the B.I.S. degree can be found in the university’s catalog.
There are two programs relating to deaf education. The special education, B.S.Ed. program offers a concentration in deaf education that prepares teachers to instruct students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) to work in: schools that use a visual language, including residential schools, day schools and public school programs. Students learn about services across a wide variety of placement options. This is a “four plus one” degree program, so students who stay on for an additional year will be certified to teach deaf children up through grade 12 and earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in only five years.
Our new deaf studies, deaf education concentration, B.A. is related to deaf studies, sign language interpreting concentration, B.A. (listed below) only with a focus on deaf education. You can learn more about this program and concentration in the catalog and program page.
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Deaf Studies, Sign Language Interpreting Concentration, B.A.
The deaf studies, sign language interpreting concentration, B.A. prepares students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to enter the field of American Sign Language/English interpretation. Students develop confidence in their working languages, proficiency in linguistic and cultural analysis and the interpersonal skills needed to develop a relevant and sound professional practice. Interpreters work within various venues and settings, including kindergarten through grade 12 and post-secondary educational settings, video relay service, community events, medical and mental health settings and performance and theatrical interpreting.
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There is also a sign language interpreting, undergraduate post-baccalaureate certificate that prepares students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to enter the American Sign Language/English interpretation field.
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Master of Arts in Teaching
Are you looking for a teaching certificate to work with deaf and hard of hearings students? The special education master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) program is for you! Our program prepares teachers to instruct students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) to work in schools that use a visual language, including residential schools, day schools and public school programs. Students learn about services across a wide variety of placement options and will get in-depth coursework experiences that will develop their skills for teaching in multilingual settings, Graduates will be certified to teach deaf children up through grade 12.
- Jessica Scott — works with teacher preparation
The education of students with exceptionalities doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree will teach you to become a leader in the field of deaf education. This research-oriented program will provide you with opportunities to design and conduct research with deaf and hard of hearing students, and ultimately go on to work in a university setting, research lab, or become a leader in deaf education at the federal or state level.