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

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing

Behavior Management

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Typical Language Development*

Language Instruction for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Clinical Audiology I

Spring semester

Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation for Children

Foundations of Literacy Theory and Instruction 

Literacy Lab: A Focus on Typical and Atypical Learners

Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing I

Speech for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Research Seminar

Fundamentals of Early Intervention and Child Development

Year two

Fall semester

Evaluation Techniques for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Sign Language I*

Practicum in Deaf Education

Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing II

Early Intervention: Serving Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Birth to Age 5

Pre-Service Teacher Preparation

Spring semester

Practicum in Deaf Education

Counseling Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Psychosocial and Educational Aspects of Deafness

Independent Study

Additional courses required for teacher certification:

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

Additional PACS courses are available as electives, including 4302-Sign Language II, but electives are not required.

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

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