Deaf people have always cherished communication. They say, "Deafness is not about hearing; deafness is about communication" (Ogden, 1996, p.3). To many professionals grappling with the impact of deafness on children and their ability to learn, it takes a long time to understand this observation. Perhaps above all, it takes personal experience with the myriad ways deafness can make it difficult for information to flow freely across the hearing barrier.
Our Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies at California State University, Fresno has offered a rather unique option: Deaf Education. For the faculty, Deaf Education is a term which implies broad and inclusive study of providing full communication accessibility to deaf and hard of hearing children as an effective way of teaching and raising them.
The major of Deaf Education allows our students to make a real difference in the lives of deaf and hard of hearing children, their teachers, parents and administrators. It provides the students with the training, skills, education, and information base to affect those around them in positive, active ways. Moreover, this impact can improve educational systems and administrative methods. Pursuing an undergraduate degree will inspire students with a desire to make a difference.
An undergraduate degree in Deaf Education can enable a person to pursue careers outside of the specific arena of teaching deaf and hard of hearing students. Students can pursue higher degrees in such fields as counseling, Physical Therapy, law, medicine, and other human services. In a vast number of jobs, with or without higher degrees, they can serve as "ambassadors" between the mainstream society and the Deaf Community.
The Deaf Education program consists of 46 units of coursework with the option of pursuing a teaching credential and a MA degree in Deaf Education.
Please visit the CSU, Fresno online catalog for Deaf Education for additional information.