Special Education 526

EDSP 526
Introduction to Deaf and Hard of Hearing

1. Catalog Entry

EDSP 526
Introduction to Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Credit hours (3)
Prerequisite: EDSP 651 or EDSP 361

Introduction to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students (PreK-12) for prospective teachers and other professionals serving deaf/hard of hearing students. Includes legislation, trends, issues, etiology, identification, characteristics, Deaf culture, school related needs, communication modes, educational placement options, and organizations and agencies relevant to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who work with them.

2. Detailed Description of Course

This course is designed for prospective teachers and other professionals serving deaf/hard of hearing students in PreK-12 settings. It examines legislation, judicial mandates, history of Deaf Education and Deaf culture, and current trends and issues in the education of the deaf/hard of hearing. It covers etiology, characteristics including socio-cultural and health related problems, educational placements, communication modes used in educational practices and the effects of hearing impairments and cultural diversity on the student and their families.
    1) Identification criteria
    2) Current incidence and prevalence figures
    3) Etiologies of hearing loss
    4) Communication modes used for educational practices
    5) Deaf culture
    6) Rights and responsibilities of parents, students, teachers, support personnel, and schools
    7) Educational placement options
    8) Effects of hearing loss on language acquisition, speech, and academic achievement
    9) Legislative and judicial mandates involving deaf/hard of hearing individuals

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Instructional strategies may include, but are not limited to: lecture, videos and other audiovisual materials, cooperative learning, student projects, presentations, guest speakers, outside readings, and internet research.

4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

Goals, objectives, and assignments in this class address CAEP Standard 1 (Content and Pedagogical Knowledge): 1.1 and 1.3, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Knowledge and Skill Standards, the Virginia Department of Education teacher licensure competencies, and Virginia’s Early Childhood Special Education Competency 5.

Code for CEC Standards: ISCI = Initial Specialty Common Items and DHH = Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Code for VDOE Standards: VHI = Virginia’s Hearing Impairments PreK-12 and VPS = Virginia’s Professional Studies.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
    1) Characteristics, incidence, and prevalence figures of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH-6K5)
    2) Etiologies of hearing impairment including those that can cause additional sensory, motor and/or learning difficulties for
        deaf/hard of hearing students (DHH-6K7)
    3) Effects of the interrelationship among onset of hearing loss, age of identification, and provision of early intervention
        services on the language development of the individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH-1K2, DHH-1K8)
    4) Sociocultural, historical, and political forces unique to deaf education (DHH-6K6, DHH-6S3, VHI-1b,c., VPS-4 )
    5) Development and enrichment of cultural competence relative to the Deaf community DHH-6S4, ISCI-1K5)
    6) Influence of experience and educational placement on all developmental domains (DHH-1K3)
    7) Providing ongoing opportunities for interaction between individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing with diverse
        populations using assistive technology, i.e. peers and role models who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as
        hearing peers/role models of like and different cultures (DHH-2S1, DHH-2S3)
    8) Spoken and visual language modes including cued speech, speechreading, verbal communication, and sign language
        (American Sign Language (ASL), Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE), Seeing Essential English (SEE 1),
        Signing Exact English (DHH-1K8, VHI-8)
    9) Professional resources relevant to the field of education of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH-6K3)
    10) Professional organizations in the field of deaf education (DHH-6K4)
    11) Services, organizations, and networks that support individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH-7K1)
    12) Providing families with support to make informed choices regarding communication modes, philosophies, and
         educational options (DHH-7S1, ISCI-1K4, ISCI-2S3, ISCI-6K10, ISCI-6K7, ISCI 6-S4)
    13) Career and vocational aspects of individuals with disabilities, including persons with hearing impairments in society
    14) Anatomy of speech structures, auditory and visual mechanisms, production, transmission and psychophysical
         characteristics of sound (VHI-6c)
    15) Roles and responsibilities of teachers and support personnel in educational practices for individuals who are deaf or
         hard of hearing (DHH-6K2)
    16) Impacts of cultural identity and language on all developmental domains and effects of cultural and linguistic
         differences on growth and development (DHH-1K4, ISCI-K13)
    17) The effects an exceptional condition(s) can have on an individual’s life (ISCI-1K10)
    18) Model programs and educational placements for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH-6K1)

5. Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1) Class participation
    2) Presentation and debates
    3) Development of information resources for families with deaf or hard of hearing children
        (CAEP Performance Assessment)
    4) Project related to the historical development of deaf education in the United States
    5) Observation and report of an educational program for deaf and hard of hearing children
    6) Research project investigating Deaf Culture
    7) Written exam(s)

6. Other Course Information

This course is co-listed with EDSP 426.

Review and Approval

April 2009

May 11, 2015