The two-year curriculum is rooted in the development of speech, language, and social skills. With that as a foundation, students study the factors necessary for high-quality education for children who are deaf are 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.
The integration of research into the curriculum is a unique feature of the program. Through coursework in the fields of speech and hearing, education, psychology, and deafness, students learn how to be consumers of research, and to apply the knowledge gained to their own teaching.
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 into the classroom.
— Christy Chadwick, MSDE
deaf education consultant and advocate, Kahului, Hawaii