Master of Science
Deaf Education Courses & Curriculum
The Graduate Deaf Education Program requires study in four areas of competence. Courses in each of four semesters are arranged in a developmental sequence leading up to the time of student teaching. There are 19 courses in the program, 58 credit hours. Students who have baccalaureate or masters degrees in fields not necessarily related to the teaching profession will take additional courses to enable them to receive certification in either childhood or adolescent education. These courses can be completed within the two-year, four-semester time frame.
Please note, the courses listed below will be offered online as of:
EDD 533 - Introduction to Speech and Hearing Science
EDD 535 - Introducation to Audiology and Assistive Devices
EDD 555 - Psychology/Counseling Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
I. Personal Language Competencies
EDD 551 Sign Communication I
EDD 600 American Sign Language I
EDD 601 American Sign Language II
|EDD 551||Sign Communication I|
|EDD 600||American Sign Language I|
|EDD 601||American Sign Language II|
II. Auditory and Speech Competencies
EDD 533 Introduction to Speech and Hearing Science - online
EDD 535 Introduction to Audiology and Assistive Devices
EDD 542 Spoken Language Development for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
III. Cognitive, Sociocultural, and Psychological Foundations
EDD 534 Introduction to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
EDD 545 Methods of Teaching Literacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
EDD 548 The Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child- 0-8 Years: Methods and Partnerships
EDD 550 Theory, Research and Assessment of Deaf Learners
EDD 555 Psychology/Counseling of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
One Special Education Course
IV. Pedagogical Competencies
EDD 532 Curriculum/Methods of Teaching Subjects for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Learners
EDD 536 Language Theories and Strategies I
EDD 537 Language Theories and Strategies II
EDD 539 Instructional Field Experiences with Practica
EDD 556 Student Teaching with Seminar: The Residential or Day School
EDD 557 Student Teaching with Seminar: Inclusionary Settings
EDD 603 Professional Seminar/Portfolio
EDD 607 Current Topics For Deaf Education Professionals
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EDD 532 - Curriculum/Methods of Teaching Subject Areas 3 credit hours
To Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners
Students study teaching in the public school in the inclusionary setting, in the resource room, in the self-contained room, or in settings as an itinerant teacher with particular consideration of the CORE curriculum standards as they are used to plan curriculum/methods for teaching subject areas. This course covers the IEP, the ITP, the multidisciplinary team, classroom and behavior management, collaborative partnerships, educational services, vocational issues, curriculum adaptations, differentiated instruction, and children who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional disabilities.
EDD 533 - Introduction to Speech and Hearing Science 3 Credit Hours online
Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms; acoustic and neurological correlates of signal representations; etiologies of hearing loss, communication theory and application in education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
EDD 534 - Introduction to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons 3 Credit Hours
Students study deaf culture and history, etiologies, methodologies, educational placement options, school law, communication modes, parent issues, socio-cultural issues, ethical issues and learn about students who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional disabilities.
EDD 535 - Introduction to Audiology and Assistive Devices 3 Credit Hours online
Students study the identification and assessment of hearing loss from infancy to adult. Individual and group amplification systems, assistive listening devices, medical rehabilitative correlates of typical audiological profiles are presented. Interpretation and application of audiological data and understanding the cochlear implant are part of the course.
EDD 536 - Language Theories and Strategies I 3 Credit Hours
Students receive an overview of language and theories in teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Review of function and structure of language, the grammar of English, theories of language acquisition, issues in language learning and deafness and research on cognition and language learning are presented. Language learning issues for students who are deaf or hard of hearing with multiple disabilities are discussed.
EDD 537 - Language Theories and Strategies II 3 Credit Hours
Applications of language theories in teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing are presented. Review of language curricula, assessment of language acquisition and development of language strategies in teaching academic subjects to students who are deaf or hard of hearing and students who are deaf or hard of hearing with multiple disabilities are discussed.
EDD 539 - Instructional Practicum 3 Credit Hours
A minimum of 150 hours of observations and teaching in self-contained classrooms, resource rooms, and inclusionary settings and itinerant teaching are included in the practicum prior to student teaching. Observations include a professional field trip to exemplary schools for the deaf and professional meetings in major agencies in Western New York. Attendance at weekly seminars is required.
EDD 542 - Spoken Language Development for the Deaf or 4 Credit Hours
Hard of Hearing with Practicum
Development of speech perception and language production strategies using the oral philosophy and methodology are presented. Instructional possibilities for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in residential schools or public schools are explored. Survey of assistive technology for classroom communication and understanding students’ use of the cochlear implant are part of the course. A practicum assignment is attached to the course so each intern will observe the theories and methods presented in the course.
EDD 545 - Methods of Teaching Literacy for Deaf and 3 Credit Hours
Hard of Hearing Persons
This course presents the theories and pedagogy related to teaching reading and writing to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Discussion of research on teaching English as a second language is included. The study of language diversity, deafness, and language development as it pertains to reading and writing is part of the course. Core curriculum standards are emphasized.
EDD 548 - The Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child-0-8 Years 3 Credit Hours
Methods and Partnerships
A study of the critical time period of infancy to age 8 of the child who is deaf or hard of hearing for the development of cognition, language, psychological, and socio-cultural skills. The IFSP, parents and family issues, school education issues and children who are deaf or hard of hearing who have multiple disabilities are presented.
EDD 550 - Theory, Research and Assessment of Deaf Learners 3 Credit Hours
Students discuss assessment methods and materials applicable to the student who is deaf or hard of hearing and the student who is deaf or hard of hearing who has multiple disabilities. The role of the teacher, psychologist, counselor, and social worker are discussed. Research theories, application of a variety of research methods and statistics are presented. Assessment instruments used for the 0-21 year old population are discussed. Assessments mandated by New York State and federal laws are discussed.
EDD 551 - Sign Communication I 1 Credit Hours
Implication of deafness in communication in language and the introduction of Signing Exact English vocabulary and syntax are presented in both the receptive and expressive formats. An introduction to deaf culture and the use of English based sign language systems is discussed.
EDD 555 - Psychology/Counseling of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons 3 Credit Hours online
Issues and trends in the field of psychology and counseling as they affect the field of deafness are presented. Psychological assessment of the student who is deaf or hard of hearing and the student who is deaf or hard of hearing who has multiple disabilities is discussed. Counseling methods and materials used by counselors and psychologists for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing are also discussed. Issues of the individual, the family, the community and society as they impact the person who is deaf or hard of hearing are presented. Psychosocial implications of deafness and the cognitive-emotional development of the individual who is deaf or hard of hearing are discussed.
EDD 556 - Student Teaching I 4.5 Credit Hours
Seven weeks of student teaching in a residential setting for students who are deaf. Several residential schools in New York State may be available for placements.
EDD 557 - Student Teaching II 4.5 Credit Hours
Seven weeks of student teaching in a public school program-serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing with a TOD in the surrounding area of Western New York.
EDD 600 - American Sign Language I 3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL); its structures, grammatical features, language functions and vocabulary acquisition. Deaf culture and sociolinguistic implications are discussed. An emphasis is given to developing interaction/interpersonal skills with deaf persons.
EDD 601 - American Sign Language II 3 Credit Hours
This course is the second course in American Sign Language (ASL) and emphasizes the development of receptive and expressive skills. Emphasis is on learning the nuances of ASL; the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of the language. Students must take the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) test the last semester before graduation.
EDD 603 - Professional Seminar/Portfolio 3 Credit Hours
Students complete an electronic portfolio based on reflections in the area of knowledge, service, and leadership, which include professionalism, technology use and dispositions while completing the two-year deaf education program. The INTASC standards are emphasized. A formal presentation of the portfolio is required.
EDD 607 - Current Topics for Deaf Education Professionals 2 Credit Hours
Mandatory professional development course for interns the last week of student teaching.