Education of Deaf / Hard of Hearing Students: Required Coursework and Practica
The required master’s coursework combines core courses required by the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies and concentration courses in DHH. All students complete a professional core of courses leading to national certification through the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).
Courses for certification are offered by program faculty and available on-line. Core courses for both the certification and MA program are identical, but the MA degree requires additional courses that may not be available on-line.
Required certification courses:
Practica accompany courses addressing methods of instruction. The requirements of each practica are designed to promote transfer of theoretical information obtained in course work to an applied setting, and to promote acquisition or refinement of skills in assessment, instruction, evaluation and professional collaboration.
All students must have access to appropriate hard-of-hearing or deaf students to complete practica and course requirements. Program faculty can assist with the process of identifying potential schools and programs. It is the responsibility of the student to determine and complete the fingerprinting and other requirements to work within a specific school setting.
Supervision of practica occurs through instructor review of lesson plans and student recorded videotapes of selected practica sessions. Recorded videotapes are uploaded to a secure site and accessed only by the course instructor. Students are provided with guidelines to purchase a video camera and with instruction as to the uploading process. Students may receive a stipend toward the purchase of a video camera as long as sufficient funds are available.
After finishing the program coursework, students complete a 9-week full-time (40 hours/week) internship under the supervision of a local cooperating teacher. Supervision by University faculty will occur through lesson plan review and videotaped recordings of instruction. Students will assume primary responsibility for locating an internship site within their community but program faculty will assist in this process and provide school personnel with written expectations for the internship.
Supervision of the internship occurs through instructor review of lesson plans and student recorded videotapes of selected internship sessions. As occurs in practica, recorded videotapes are uploaded to a secure site and accessed only by the course instructor.
Individuals working with DHH students can complete the final internship with the students on their caseload or in their class if the school administrator and university faculty give permission. A written agreement listing internship requirements will be signed by the program faculty, the graduate student and the school administrator to confirm that these requirements will be completed within the employment situation.
Additional internships may be required throughout the program for those individuals with limited teaching experience or with limited experience with DHH students.
At the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester, all students are required to attend a 2 to 3 day orientation at the University of Arizona. These orientations provide a time for all program faculty, staff and students to interact on a face-to-face basis. Orientation programs can include course overviews, technical training to support on-line classes or practica/internship videotaping requirements, workshops on support services available through the University of Arizona, panel presentations by parents of DHH children, former students or practicing teachers and special speakers. A dinner at the home of one of the faculty members is conducted one evening.
Orientation dates are announced well in advance of each semester. Information is provided on local lodging and financial support is available to support costs incurred in traveling to and staying in Tucson.
Each state establishes certification requirements for teachers of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with these requirements. All Arizona teachers are required to hold at least a provisional endorsement in Structured English Immersion. This requirement can be met through the program as one of the required courses in multi-cultural education can be the UA on-line class in Structured English Immersion.
It is frequently advantageous for out-of-state students to obtain Arizona certification as many states have a reciprocity policy and accept this certification. Out-of-state students will want to talk with their own state Department of Education as to the advantage or disadvantage of obtaining Arizona DHH certification.