Each candidate demonstrates skills in a repertoire of communication strategies that facilitate communication exchanges in signed and spoken language usage, as appropriate. Each candidate demonstrates appropriate language proficiency to communicate directly and effectively with students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, including those who are deaf-blind, and/or those with additional disabilities, to engage and sustain student interest in the learning process. Communication and language proficiency should be sufficient to ensure that a comprehensible flow of information; to develop higher-order cognitive and linguistic skills; and for the development of literacy skills.
Candidate sign language proficiency at a basic level is required prior to admittance to Deaf Education graduate level courses. Demonstration of conversational proficiency through a national assessment with good reliability and validity or satisfactory completion of college level advanced sign language coursework is a prerequisite. Demonstration of advanced sign language skills is required prior to beginning final student teaching or externship placements. Use of appropriate communication with ASL is evaluated in course projects in CDDS 255 Assessment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, CDDS 263 Seminar: Language and CDDS 264 Seminar: School Subjects. Appropriate spoken language for instruction is evaluated in a weekly speech practicum in CDDS 262 seminar: Speech. Candidates will demonstrate communication skills with students who are deaf-blind, and/or those with additional disabilities in CDDS 262. Candidates have fieldwork placements in settings utilizing ASL, spoken English, and sign supported English. Throughout the Deaf Education credential program, students are encouraged to participate in local community activities related to children, youth and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. CDDS 200 requires at least 5 hours of participation in at least two Deaf Community events.