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Education Specialist Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program and MS Degree in Education - (Intern option available)

The Education Specialist Program in Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Mount Saint Mary’s University is founded on four principles: passion, excellence, respect, and leadership. We have high expectations for our graduate candidates, who have become published authors, state coordinators, program directors, and teacher-leaders at their school sites.

The DHH program offers two options: a one-year Onsite Program for full-time graduate candidates, and a two-year Distance Learning/Intern Program for teachers working with children with hearing loss as the teacher of record. Both options are offered as a professional school development model in partnership with John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, where graduate candidates are immersed in the daily programs provided to families and their children with hearing loss. School partners in the community provide fieldwork and practicum sites that broaden candidates’ experiences in a variety of educational settings.

The Preliminary Program is combined with the MS degree, and is based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP's). The program includes special education courses and field experiences in a variety of settings, including parent infant, special day class, auditory-verbal therapy, teletherapy, inclusion, mainstream, itinerant, parent education, parent support groups, international/global perspectives. All coursework is grounded in the educational and developmental domains of children who are developing typically and children with hearing loss, as well as children with additional or multiple challenges (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, orthopedic handicaps, specific language and speech disorders, English language learners, etc.) . The philosophy of the program focuses on the technology and science that allow children with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language. Principles in family-centered support and transdisciplinary practice are emphasized throughout the program. Perspectives from various professional fields are integrated into all coursework and fieldwork (e.g., occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language therapy, audiology, marriage and family therapy).

Courses in theory and practice are paired at various age/grade levels (parent-infant, preschool, elementary, learners aged 5-22), and in various content courses (audiology, language, speech, listening, child development, parent coaching). Courses are sequenced as a spiral curriculum, allowing graduate candidates to begin early fieldwork through intensive mentoring, and eventually deepening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be teaching independently.

The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential. Please contact the DHH Graduate Program, John Tracy Clinic partnership Program Director, Bridget Scott-Weich, for additional information at 213-863-9984.

The MSMU Education Specialist Program Director, Dr. Diana Taylor, oversees the partnership between John Tracy Clinic and Mount Saint Mary’s University and can also be contacted at any time with questions at 213-477-2627.

Program Requirements

Courses & Units

One course in Principles and Methods of Teaching Reading for the Multiple Subject Credential
Two courses (or equivalent) in ASL
California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) (if no CA credential is currently held)
California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) (if no CA credential is currently held)

Education Specialist Courses
EDU 233 (3) DHH: Multiple Perspectives
EDU 234A (2) DHH: Auditory-Verbal Foundations
EDU 234B (3) DHH: Auditory-Verbal Principles
EDU 234C (3) DHH: Auditory-Verbal Practicum
EDU 235A (3) DHH: Early Intervention Theory
EDU 235B (3) DHH: Early Intervention Practicum
EDU 235C (3) DHH: Supporting Families
EDU 236A (3) DHH: Audiology—Diagnostics
EDU 236B (3) DHH: Audiology—Amplification
EDU 237A (3) DHH: Language in Early Childhood
EDU 237B (3) DHH: Language in Learners 5-22
EDU 238A (3) DHH: Early Childhood Curricula
EDU 238B (2) DHH: Early Childhood Practicum
EDU 239A (3) DHH: Curricula for Learners 5-22
EDU 239B (3) DHH: Practicum with Learners 5-22
EDU 200C (3) DHH: Research Methods

Visit the John Tracy Clinic webpage related to this program.

Link to Title II Credential Exam Pass Rates

The Preliminary and Induction Teacher Preparation Programs meet the standards for and have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), leading to a California Preliminary or Clear Teaching Credential. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.