Areas of Study

Candidates in the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Deaf Education program can complete courses in working with deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers and families. These courses are designed to provide professionals from a wide range of disciplines with current evidence- based knowledge and skills for working with families and their very young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Candidates will acquire leadership, advocacy, and collaboration skills that promote age and developmentally appropriate outcomes for infants and toddlers. All coursework and experiences reflect principles of diversity including understanding and appreciation of language diversity (ASL and English, as well as other home languages).

Some courses* on working with deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers and families are:

  • ITF 700 Socio-Cultural & Political Contexts for DHH Infants, Toddlers and their Families (3 credits)
  • ITF 701 Communication, Language & Cognitive Development: DHH Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)
  • ITF 702 Leadership Perspectives on Families with DHH Infants and Toddlers: Their Cultures and Communities (3 credits)
  • ITF 703 Strategies for Developing Communication, Language & Cognition for DHH Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)
  • ITF 704 A Developmental Approach to Programming for Infants/Toddlers and their Families (3 credits)

*courses are online, asynchronous unless otherwise noted

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