Graduate School of Education

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential w/Master's option

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialty

Program Overview

The needs of today's students with hearing loss are changing as technology and evidence-based best practices allow parents and teachers to provide individualized and comprehensive options.

CLU's Education Specialist credential - Deaf and Hard of Hearing blends scientific research with practical application, offering heightened effectiveness. The Master of Science is taken after completion of the Preliminary Credential. Upon completion of the program candidates will be eligible for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialty offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Program Highlights

Candidates benefit from the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical application in meaningful settings. Students gain experience and skills in spoken language development, aural habilitation, inclusion, literacy and supporting families.

Classes are offered evenings and weekends at our Woodland Hills campus and rarely exceed 12 students.

Faculty is comprised of highly regarded practicing professionals. Candidates who meet the Internship Credential requirements may complete their program under the Internship Option.

Requirements

Preliminary Education Specialist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialty

The following co-requisite courses may be completed concurrently with the credential program.

  • EDTP 521 Literacy and Language in Diverse Classrooms (3 units) or equivalent CTC-approved reading instruction course
  • EDDH 501 Sign Language and Deaf Culture for Teachers (2 units)

The following courses are required to successfully complete this 40-unit curriculum:

  • EDDH 500 Characteristics of Diverse Learners with Hearing Loss (3 units) 

  • EDDH 502 Audiology: Diagnostics in Infants and Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

  • EDDH 504 Educational Audiology and Hearing Technologies for Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

  • EDDH 508 Speech, Aural Habilitation and Advanced Communication (3 units)

  • EDDH 516 Language and Literacy for Students with Hearing Loss (including English Language Learners) (3 units)

  • EDDH 518 Early Childhood Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds (4 units)

  • EDDH 525 Academic Curriculum, Differentiated Instruction, and Technology for Students with Hearing Loss (English Language Learners) Grades K-5 (3 units)

  • EDDH 527 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Grades 6-12 (3 units)

  • EDDH 545 Developing Audition, Speech and Spoken English Language in Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

  • EDDH 546 Inclusion/Collaboration/Itinerant Teaching with Students with Hearing Loss (3 units)

  • EDDH 548 Teaching Students with Hearing Loss and Additional Special Needs including Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units)

  • EDDH 560 Practicum/Seminar in Elementary, Middle or High School Settings (6 units)

In addition, candidates must complete Adult, Child, Infant CPR certification that meets the criteria of the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross and submit appropriate documentation when applying for the credential.

Master's of Education Degree

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, the following courses are required for the Master of Education degree:

Masters Courses
  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology
  • EDGN 599 Thesis Research

Foundations Courses

EDDH 500 Characteristics of Diverse Learners with Hearing Loss (3 units)
An introduction to the characteristics and education of diverse learners with a hearing loss, ages birth to twenty-one. Topics include the history of deaf education, current research and trends, legal issues in deaf education, behavior management, professional resources, universal design for learning (UDL), ethical challenges, and their application to today’s children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.

EDDH 502 Audiology: Diagnostics in Infants and Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)
Topics include causes, types, degrees and measurement of hearing loss; the nature of sound; anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism; audiograms; classroom acoustics; amplification, and assistive listening devices, including cochlear implants and sensory devices for educational settings. 

EDDH 504 Educational Audiology and Hearing Technologies for Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)
Pediatric audiological assessment; issues in early and later cochlear implantation; audiological recommendations for IFSPs and IEPs; device options; and the use of hearing technologies in school settings. 

EDDH 508 Speech, Aural Habilitation and Advanced Communication (3 units)
Focuses on the development and remediation of audition and spoken English language and speech in children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, including functional assessment, establishing goals/objectives for the IEP, diagnostic teaching and strategies for intervention. 

EDDH 516 Language & Literacy for Students with Hearing Loss (including English Language Learners ) (3 units)
Designed to develop an understanding of the nature of language and how it develops in typically developing children and children with a hearing loss, ages birth to six years. 

EDDH 518 Early Childhood Deaf and Hard of Hearing & Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds (4 units)
Parent/Infant and preschool early intervention models for children diagnosed with a hearing loss.  Candidates will gain understanding of typical and atypical infant and preschool-age child development, knowledge of a variety of appropriate assessments, strategies for guiding parents in natural settings as well as center-based programs, coordination of services for children with additional challenges, an understanding of participating in interdisciplinary teams, the ability to foster interagency collaborations, and skills to help families from diverse backgrounds.

Methods Courses

EDDH 525 Academic Curriculum, Differentiated Instruction, and Technology for Students with Hearing Loss K-5 (including English Language Learners) (3 units)
Assessment and development of academic goals and learning outcomes for students with hearing loss, grades K-5. Development of IEPs, integrating knowledge of typical and atypical child development during elementary school years, demonstrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL), accommodations and modifications to state content standards, lesson planning for instruction with specific strategies for students with hearing loss, additional special needs, and English Language Learners.

EDDH 527 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Gr. 6-12 (3 units)
Development of academic goals and learning outcomes for the students’ IEPs integrating knowledge of typical and atypical development during the middle and high school years, with accommodations and modifications and lesson planning in units of study for instruction with specific strategies for students with hearing loss and additional special needs.

EDDH 545  Developing Audition, Speech and Spoken English Language in Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)
Development of speech and spoken English language instruction with children and youth with hearing loss, including those with additional challenges in a clinical practicum. 

EDDH 546 Inclusion/Collaboration/Itinerant Teaching with Diverse Learners (3 units)
Addresses issues related to inclusion, itinerant teaching, and collaboration with all members of the school community to benefit students with special needs.

Clinical Practice

EDDH 548 Teaching Students with Hearing Loss and Additional Special Needs including Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units)
Studies learners with hearing loss also diagnosed with additional special needs requiring additional special education programming.  Candidates will become knowledgeable and skilled in the assessment process, with other professionals during various instructional designs such as co-teaching, and consultation.

EDDH 560 Practicum/Seminar in Elementary, Middle or High School Settings (6 units)
Practicum experience in teaching children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing in school settings (elementary, middle or high school).  Focuses on a systematic sequence of observations, applications, and evaluations of various pedagogical approaches in a variety of settings with various types of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

Master's Degree Courses

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, the following courses are required for the Master of Education degree:

EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
A core course designed to introduce educational practitioners to educational research. Through an examination of the nature of research, ethical and philosophical principles, types of research, and characteristics of data students will explore quantitative and qualitative methods of designing and conduction research in the context of educational settings.

EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)
Drawing from qualitative, quantitative, and combined applications of research this core course is designed to guide students through a systematic study of the interrelated activities embedded in the development of an action research project. Construction a problem statement and research question will guide the preparation of a literature review and methodological plan.

EDGN 599 Thesis Research (3 units)
Building upon the literature and methodological plan developed during EDGN 510, this class supports the implementation, analysis, and presentation of a research thesis

Currently Accepting Applications for Summer 2015

Admission Requirements

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialty

  1. Checklist
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. 50.00 Application fee (please make checks payable to CLU)
  4. Official transcripts form all colleges and universities attended
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Three letters of Recommendation
  7. General test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an approved Petition to Waive the GRE or GRE Scores

 

Application Process

Apply Online

Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor or to request information.

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