Candidates demonstrate the knowledge of and ability to apply techniques to engage students in the learning process in order to develop language and cognitive skills, whether through visual (signed) and/or auditory (spoken) input, in students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing including those who are deaf-blind and/or those with additional disabilities.
Training candidates to understand and apply techniques for developing language and cognitive skills in order to engage students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the learning process is the core of the Deaf Education credential program. Typical language development is covered in CDDS 95 Speech and Language Development. Language and cognitive development is introduced in CDDS 141 Deaf Children and Their Parents. Application of developmental and remedial language strategies are incorporated into all assignments and practicum experiences in CDDS 262 Seminar: Speech, CDDS 263 Seminar: Language and CDDS 264 Seminar: School Subjects. Seminar classes have either a weekly practicum experience or weekly hands-on demonstrations and practice. Evaluation of effective and receptive communication systems for students who are deaf-blind is incorporated into Early Intervention assessment and communication strategies for deaf-blind student in CDDS 262 Seminar: Speech. The ability to apply techniques to engage students is critically evaluated by master teachers and university supervisors in CDDS 260 Advanced Clinical Practice: Deaf Education, CDDS 258 Student teaching: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and CDDS 268 Externship with Deaf Children and Youth.