Process

  • Students must complete a course from the Introduction to Deaf Education in the first semester or have taken an equivalent course approved by Aquinas College.
  • Subsequent courses may be taken in any order and students may opt to take more than one course at a time.
  • Students must take a course from each of the following areas (course titles may vary depending on the university offering the course):
    • Introduction to Deaf Education
    • Audiology and Instructional Auditory Management
    • Language Instruction Throughout the Curriculum
    • Literacy Assessment and Intervention
    • Structure of English and ASL
    • Cognition, Instruction, and Learning
    • Consultation and Collaboration
    • Early Intervention
    • American Sign Language I and II*
    • Practicum
  • The practicum is the final course in this program. Students must obtain approval from Aquinas College in order to begin the supervised practicum experience.
  • Students are expected to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall.
  • Students must pass the practicum according to standards set by the university.
  • Students must pass the Praxis test Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) before the state will issue an endorsement. Preparation materials for the Praxis test is available at http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials?WT.ac=praxishome_prepare2_121126. Contact Elizabeth Flores at Elizabeth.flores@aquinas.edu for information regarding partial reimbursement for the cost of the test.
  • The advisor will determine if a course taken outside of the consortium will be an acceptable replacement for one of the mandated courses.
  • A transfer of course form must be completed by the advisor and retained in the file for the final audit.

*American Sign Language I and II from the approved Consortium ASL course list are required before applying for the practicum. The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview Assessment can be used for students who wish to "test out" of the ASL courses.