The Nest Login button

Toll Free: (866) 758-7670

Request Info buttonApply Now button

Schedule an Appointment button

SJU Navigation

MS - Deaf Education: Course Descriptions

SPE 600 Foundations and Current Issues in Special Education
SPE 608 Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration
SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices
SPE 726 American Sign Language
SPE 730 Educational Foundations for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SPE 731 Language, Literacy & Communication Development for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SPE 732 Curriculum, Instruction & Learning Environments for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SPE 733 Listening and Speaking Skills for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SPE 734 Sign Communication in Instructional Settings
SPE 739 Student Teaching and Professional Seminar – 14 week supervised experience

SPE 600 Foundations and Current Issues in Special Education (3 credits)
This course is a critical study of the contemporary and controversial issues within the field of special education. Consideration will be given to the philosophical, psychological, and sociological basis of teacher education, including an analytical review of research-based curricula, programmatic innovations, policy issues and their effects, and ethical practices. Discussions will focus on evidence-based core concepts that contribute to effective program planning; investigation of cognitive, academic, behavioral, and psycho-social solutions and implications for those working with exceptional students; and future implications for the advancement of special education diagnostic and instructional services.

SPE 608 Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration (3 credits)
This course focuses on the home-school partnerships, issues of family and professional collaboration and diversity, and methods of promoting adult communication and management strategies. It applies the knowledge of cultural and linguistic diversity and the significance of socio-cultural and political contexts as they relate to the family, culture and society. It identifies the members of teams designed to support and optimize children’s educational needs and social-emotional development and the network of community services and resources available to individuals, families and groups affected by social, environmental, health and related problems.

SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on the development of skills dealing with effective inclusive classroom management and creating classroom climate conducive to student achievement. It provides comprehensive coverage of a variety of discipline models to aid candidates in building systems and conceptual models of total discipline based on their underlying theories; emphasizes activities promoting positive behavioral supports; increases pupil motivation; applies methods for establishing cooperative classroom routines, procedures, practices; organizes the environment, including school-wide, class-wide, and individual supports; measures and reports progress. In addition, course study will include a focus on understanding how behaviors are influenced by pedagogical practices and classroom environments.

SPE 726 American Sign Language I (3 credits) 
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of American Sign Language (ASL). In addition to developing a foundation of basic signs, the course will also focus on learning the fingerspelling alphabet, the development of proper fingerspelling techniques, proper ASL syntax, and appropriate facial expressions (WH-Questions & Y/N Questions). Emphasis will be placed on developing both expressive and receptive sign language skills. Additional topics will include the history and origin of signs and Deaf Culture in America. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to communicate on a basic level with Deaf individuals using American Sign Language as their mode of communication.

SPE 730 Educational Foundations for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 credits) 
This course introduces basic concepts for the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Topics covered will include the social construction of deafness and hearing loss; language acquisition and literacy development in children who are deaf and hard of hearing; educational philosophies and approaches; sign language systems in education; assistive technology including cochlear implants; placement options; supports for inclusive practices; and specially designed instruction, including adaptations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing and children with additional special needs.

SPE 731 Language, Literacy & Communication Development for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 credits) 
This course will introduce students to the components of language, normal developmental sequences in children, and the impact of hearing loss upon language acquisition. Auditory and visual strategies for facilitating language acquisition among students who are deaf and hard of hearing will be included, as will protocols for integrating language instruction into academic content area instruction. Students will be introduced to the array of communication options available to families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, early communication behaviors expressed by young children, and strategies for supporting families making communication decisions. The course will examine the components of literacy in conjunction with characteristics of scientifically-based reading research and principles of effective instruction. Students will examine reading programs created for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, create lesson plans, select websites and technology tools available online to support these lessons, practice using scoring rubrics, and develop personal plans for expanding their own communication skills over the course of the next year.

SPE 732 Curriculum, Instruction & Learning Environments for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 credits) 
This course content will cover what teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing need to know in order to choose and effectively implement the most appropriate methodology, evaluation procedures, goal/objective sets and lesson plans. Focus will also be on ongoing assessment measures to monitor student progress and to validate the effectiveness of specific instructional methods and materials through data collection. In addition, attention will be given to how curriculum and instruction are differentiated through the service delivery spectrum: consultation, itinerant, resource room and full time class (supplemental) instruction.

SPE 733 Listening and Speaking Skills for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 credits) 
This course will provide information regarding the etiology and age of onset of hearing loss, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, degree and type of hearing loss, and interpretation of audiological results. The course will also offer information on auditory skill development, the utilization of various forms of amplification including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems, and the relationship of classroom acoustics to auditory access. Additionally, information in the area of spoken language development will be provided, including speech sound acquisition, development of vocabulary, syntax and pragmatics, and the relationship of listening and spoken language to literacy.

SPE 734 Sign Communication in Instructional Settings (3 credits) 
This course introduces and expands upon the use of a variety of sign languages and sign communication systems in instructional settings. Among the topics covered are the history and structure of American Sign Language (ASL), the nature and characteristics of artificial sign systems developed to represent English and hybrid systems such as those described as “contact signing.” The parameters and use of fingerspelling as an educational tool will also be included. Various philosophies and methodologies of incorporating sign communication in educational settings will be covered. Students will be exposed to the appropriate use of sign languages and sign systems in instructional settings and how they may be used to enhance learning by deaf and hard of hearing students.

SPE 739 Student Teaching and Professional Seminar – 14 week supervised experience 
(6 credits) 

This is an individually designed field experience under approved supervision (including seminar meetings). This experience is designed as the capstone professional course for students seeking the Hearing Impaired (N-12) certification (PA). It approximates full-time working/teaching experience for one full semester. At the conclusion of this experience, students must have demonstrated proficiencies in instructional management and specially designed instruction, student engagement and motivation, curriculum planning, learning theory, problem solving in an educational setting, using computers in the classroom, integrating reading, language, and literacy skills in all classrooms, the use of audiovisual materials in the classroom, communicating effectively with students and staff members who are deaf or hard of hearing in their preferred languages and modes of communication, the identification of instructional resources, assessment of student achievement, the development of IEP goals and objectives, management of amplification systems, assessment and development of listening and spoken language skills, consultation with regular classroom teachers, modification of the classroom acoustic environment, and development of student compensating strategies. The fieldwork course is typically the final course in a certification sequence. Includes a weekly online seminar session. Prerequisites: SPE 600, 602, 608, 726, 730, 731, 732, 733, 734

To learn more, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative right away or request more information.

Deaf Education