MSDE Curriculum

The two-year curriculum is rooted in learning the development of speech, language and social skills in children, early intervention, and audiology. With that as a foundation, students study the factors necessary for high-quality education from birth to grade 12 for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Students learn about and participate in the teaching process, from the first diagnosis and early intervention through family-centered counseling and educational options for the child. Students also learn about assistive listening devices, including digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems and sound field systems.

A one-year curriculum option is available for select students with a degree and significant teaching experience in deaf education. All students must complete a comprehensive examination and Independent Study in the final semester.

Year one

Fall semester

  • 401 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • 4011 Behavior Management
  • 424 Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • 434 Typical Language Development*
  • 4515 Language Instruction for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • 5601 Clinical Audiology I

Spring semester

  • 444 Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation for Children
  • 4525 Foundations of Literacy Theory and Instruction with Lab (4525A)
  • 454 Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing I
  • 458 Speech for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • 551 Research Seminar
  • 554 Fundamentals of Early Intervention and Child Development

Year two

Fall semester

  • 416 Evaluation Techniques for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • 4301 Sign Language I*
  • 4511 Practicum in Deaf Education
  • 455 Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing II
  • 555 Early Intervention: Serving Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Birth to Age 5
  • 558 Pre-Service Teacher Preparation

Spring semester

  • 4512 Practicum in Deaf Education
  • 457 Counseling Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • 519 Psychosocial and Educational Aspects of Deafness
  • 570 Independent Study

Additional elective course:

  • 4302 Sign Language II

Additional courses required for teacher certification:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology*
  • Education and Psychology of the Exceptional Child*

*These courses may be waived if an equivalent course has been completed.

The MSDE Curriculum 2017-19 document provides current requirements.

Testemonial headshot of Christy

The professors here are actually working every day with children who are deaf, so they have the experience, knowledge and know-how, and they bring it int the classroom.

— Christy Chadwick, MSDE

teacher of the deaf or hard of hearing, Pomaika’i Elementary School, Kahului, Hawaii