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SPE 730 Foundations for Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Learn the history and foundations of the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 16 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

Deafness, hard of hearing, and hearing loss: there are many terms used by teachers, clinicians, and language specialists to refer to a physical inability to hear. In this course, you learn the history of hearing loss, from theories and myths to realities and opinions. You discover the challenges facing students with hearing loss, as well as those facing parents and teachers. You learn what the future holds for these students and their caregivers.

This course introduces foundational concepts of education for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, including the social construction of deafness and hearing loss, language acquisition and literacy development, educational models and approaches, instructional accommodations and assessment, supports for inclusive practices and specially designed instruction.

Through case studies and a visit to a classroom for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, you explore teaching methods, the use of sign language, and technology that is used to help these students develop language, listening, and speaking skills. You observe their ability to socialize in the learning environment and you have the opportunity to discuss these experiences, as well as timely, and sometimes controversial, topics regarding the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing which can include mainstreaming their education and the impact the cochlear implant has on learning.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • The Social Construction of Deafness
  • Fundamentals of Hearing Loss

Parents and Families of children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Deaf Children in Regular Education Settings
  • Cochlear Implants
  • The Education of students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 10 Years from Now

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 730, you will be able to:

  • Communicate the need for diversity and flexibility in learning and teaching styles.
  • Identify educational tools to effectively educate students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Appreciate the difficulty that parents and families face when they have a deaf child in the family, and what they can do to effectively communicate with their child.
  • Discuss the importance of early family experiences in shaping language and communication, social interaction, experimental learning and school readiness.
  • Distinguish myths, realities, facts and opinions of the oral/manual debates.
  • Discuss the roll of educational interpreters, and the complexity of the interpretation/transliteration task.
  • Describe the supports needed to successfully include students who are deaf and hard of hearing in the education setting.
  • Explain the impact of cochlear implants on the acquisition of language, development of speaking and learning skills, and social implications
  • Analyze the impact of technological changes, both auditory and visual, on the changing nature of the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Identify language and cultural preferences of individuals who consider themselves to be culturally Deaf.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including Foundations of the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

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