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SPE 732 Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Environments for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Discover the diversity of students who are deaf and hard of hearing and learn how to meet their educational needs.

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

As you become more familiar with students with special needs, you discover that no two students are alike, and no curriculum will meet the needs of all students.  The needs of students who are deaf and hard of hearing require even greater understanding.

In this course, hypothetical case studies give you valuable insight into the needs of a variety of students who are deaf and hard of hearing and actual classroom visits bring this learning to life. This course gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge from recent studies, as well as your involvement with a variety of students, to use proven strategies, teaching objectives, and assessments to create effective teaching plans to meet the needs of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

This course uses documents from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to identify appropriate educational programming for learners who are deaf and hard of hearing. The curriculum also focuses on the Pennsylvania Agenda for Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and uses the Communication Plan for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students and Standards Aligned System (SAS) to clarify goals and specially designed instruction.

Coursework introduces three educational placements in center-based schools: itinerant level, supplemental level and full time classroom environments. You develop intervention strategies for a variety of school settings and become skilled in identifying specific needs based on a student’s degree of hearing loss, including family support.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • The Communication Plan
  • Communicating and Collaborating with Partners
  • The Role of the Itinerant Teacher
  • Managing the Instructional Environment
  • Collaboration with Professionals
  • Family Involvement
  • Full Time Service             

Examples of What You’ll Learn

Upon completing SPE 732, you will be able to:

  • Explain how a communication plan drives the IEP team in considering the communication needs of students across placement options.
  • Discuss how a student’s communication competency affects the provision of curriculum and state standards.
  • Discuss the types of specially designed instruction needed to address the individual needs of a group of hypothetical students with a wide variety of hearing losses.
  • Appreciate how collaborating with the school staff, support staff, and the family benefits students with hearing loss.
  • Understand the responsibilities of the itinerant teacher and the support network available.
  • Engage the instructional community to ensure the needs of students who are deaf and hard of hearing are being met.
  • Explore strategies for effective team teaching and ways to support the regular education staff for students placed in an inclusion model.
  • Identify strategies to engage the family in support of both the curriculum and the specially designed instruction plan across all environments. 
  • Describe the challenges facing students who use a different communication mode than their family or neighborhood.

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 SPE 732 Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Environments for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 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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