Why Choose TWU Education of the Deaf?
The Education of the Deaf Program strengths include:
- Fully accessible online
- Comprehensive Philosophy
- Field-based experiences
- Synchronous and asynchronous learning
- Accessible for all students
- Diverse graduate student body
- High quality faculty
Careers in Education of the Deaf
- Classroom teacher of the deaf in public or residential schools
- Itinerant teacher of the deaf serving students in general education settings
- Parent-infant educator working with newly identified children who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families
- Early interventionist working with families of children birth to 3 years
- Undergraduate degree from accredited university
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better for last 60 hours of college credit
- Email three (3) letters of recommendation and a personal letter of intent describing one’s professional aspirations in 500 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apply to the program
- Apply to the University
- Apply to Teacher Education
Courses - Total hours required: 30
- COMS 5123 Family-Centered Early Education for Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing 3
- COMS 5853 Teacher Friendly Assessment Strategies
- COMS 5683 Strategies for Supporting Listening and Spoken Language
- COMS 5823 Literacy Development in Deaf Education
- COMS 5663 Strategies for Supporting Language Development
- COMS 5803 Parent-Professional Communication Collaboration
- COMS 5903 Linguistics of Sign Communication
- COMS 5403 Facilitating Language Development Through Teaching Content
- COMS 5513 Instructional Processes in Deaf Education
- COMS 5303 Differentiated Instruction for Students with Other Disabilities
Additional coursework for students with an undergraduate degree other than in Communication Sciences from TWU
- COMS 5023 Linguistics of Early Childhood
- COMS 5013 Audiology for Deaf Education
- COMS 5753 History and Current Trends in the Education of Deaf/HH Learners
Includes practicum, student teaching and internship experiences which are full-time, school-day field experiences. 3-6 hours Total
Student teaching Total hours = 6
- 15-week (minimum 7 weeks at elementary level and 7 weeks at secondary level), full-time teaching placement.
- Deaf education classroom throughout the school day, and any additional hours as required by the mentor teacher.
- 100% of attention should be focused on the student teaching experience, plan not to seek employment during the student teaching experience
- Available only to those students holding teacher certification
- The only experience that allows non-teaching certified individuals to be paid during their pre-service teaching experience.
- This experience is at the discretion of the hiring school district. Texas Woman's University does not guarantee any pre-service teaching student this opportunity.
Prospective students who are interested in pursuing Texas teacher of the deaf certification, must take the following exams (upon completion of EDUC coursework):
- Registering for Exams: Contact Linda Kobler in Teacher Certification in order to register for all certification exams.
- TASC: required for all teachers in classrooms where sign is used. TWU students must take in November prior to student teaching.
- TExES: (Texas Exam of Essential Skills) pre-service teachers must take PPR exam and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing exam. These exams should be taken the semester PRIOR to student teaching.
Highly qualified status
In addition to passing the Texas PPR and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing exams, additional certifications must be attained in order to receive "highly qualified" designation under "No Child Left Behind".
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