Interdisciplinary Advanced Certificate in Working with Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and their Families (IACD) Courses

All students in the IACD Certificate Program will take the following courses as an interdisciplinary cohort. In addition to free tuition for all coursework associated with this program, accepted students receive a $1,000 living stipend and funding to attend one professional conference.

Course Descriptions

CSD 570: Pediatric Aural Rehabilitation

In this course students will learn techniques to evaluate and habilitate infants and children with hearing loss. Anatomy and physiology and development of the auditory system will be discussed. Identification and minimization of communication disorders will also be studied along with literacy and education of the hearing-impaired child.

CSD 601: American Sign Language for Working with Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children and their Families

This course will provide an introduction to American Sign Language with a specific focus on the vocabulary students will need to provide early intervention and early childhood education services to young deaf or hard of hearing children and their families. The course will also provide a foundation in the basic grammatical structure of ASL so that course-completers will be able to provide basic ASL instruction to the families of deaf or hard of hearing children and support parents as they work to create a language- and literacy-rich environment for their deaf or hard of hearing children. Students will learn theory and practice related to the use of visual communication for DHH children who do not have access to spoken language, will learn counseling techniques to educate parents about the importance of accessible language, and will use these techniques in mock counseling sessions. Furthermore, students will become well-versed in resources to which they can refer families so that families can deepen their knowledge of, and skill with using, ASL. Students will also learn techniques for using visual communication effectively in situations where they lack the required vocabulary.

CSD 616: Clinical Practicum – Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Students will participate in a DHH-focused, interdisciplinary off-site field placement. Students may participate in a variety of approved clinical settings that serve DHH children through listening and spoken language, sign language, alternative/augmentative communication, bilingual/bimodal education, or cued speech. The student clinicians and student teachers will intern in a professional setting under the supervision of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist or a certified Teacher of the Deaf or Special Educator. Students will meet weekly as a group for mediated discussion and reflection with course instructors through tele-conference.

EDU 652: Curriculum, Learning and Assessment for All Young Children in Inclusive Settings: Birth - Grade 2

This course provides early childhood teacher candidates with the basic framework for designing and implementing a developmentally appropriate integrated curriculum for young children in inclusive settings. Teacher candidates will learn how to create a supportive learning environment for developing the physical, social, emotional, moral, linguistic, and intellectual competencies in all children; developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment strategies to support learning are major foci of this course. The integration of the NYS Learning Standards, technology, and play as a vital role in child development are also addressed in this course

EDU 725: Foundations of Language and Early Literacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

This course will provide students with an overview of research, perspectives, and intervention approaches for the development of language and literacy in young deaf and hard of hearing children. Class meetings will incorporate lecture, discussion, case-based learning, and role plays in order to prepare students to provide high-quality, individualized and culturally-responsive intervention to children and their families. Seminar sessions will be led by leading experts and specialists from the New York City area.

EDU 825: Special Topics in Early Intervention with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

This course will provide students with a foundation for understanding current issues facing early intervention with DHH children and their families. Through lectures, discussions, and interactive learning activities, such as a case-based activities, mock tele-practice sessions, and Blackboard discussions, students will gain knowledge of and experience with assistive listening technologies, best practices for working with deaf children with multiples disabilities, medical and cultural perspectives on deafness, their roles on an interdisciplinary team, and culturally-responsive practices for vulnerable populations.