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Our 100 percent online graduate license addition in Exceptional Needs: Deaf and Hard of Hearing prepares k-12 teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students (D/HH) in a variety of settings and across content areas, to meet the learning and language needs of D/HH learners. You will gain a strong professional groundwork and knowledge of the different philosophies, theories, and evidence-based strategies that are used in deaf education.
After taking our courses, you will understand assistive technology, listening devices, and how to establish a learning environment that supports the needs of D/HH learners. You'll also gain the skills to use assessments to write individual education programs (IEPs), collaborate with other professionals, guide instruction, and work with families.
Pursuing this add-on license will also take you most of the way to the master of arts degree in special education since the required classes can be applied to the masters. To meet the requirements for the master's, you must complete 30 credits of graduate coursework in special education, including a research methods course, SPCE 636: Research in Special Education.
If you wish to obtain an add-on teaching license for Exceptional Needs: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, you are required to get a license evaluation from Ball State’s Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice before starting the program. The evaluation will provide you with a list of courses and exam requirements for an approved Indiana teaching license in deaf education.
- SNLN 651 - American Sign Language 1 (3 credits)
- SNLN 652 - American Sign Language 2 (3 credits)
- SPCE 600 - Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Children (3 credits)
- SPCE 640 - Introduction to Deaf Education (3 credits)
- SPCE 641 - Introduction to Speech and Language Development for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3 credits)
- SPCE 642 - Collaborating with Professionals and Families in the Field of Deaf Education (3 credits)
- SPCE 643 - Teaching Strategies for Speech, Language, and Social Communication for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3 credits)
- SPCE 644 - Assessments and Standards-Based Programming for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3 credits)
- SPCE 645 - Reading Methods for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3 credits)
- SPCE 670 - Practicum in Deaf Education (3 credits)
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