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Deaf-blindness Certificate

The Deaf-blindness Certificate is an on-line program to prepare educators in the area of deaf-blindness based on nationally recognized competencies, reviewed by ECU faculty, and the National Consortium of Deaf-blindness.

Who benefits from the Graduate Certificate in Deaf-blindness?

Educators, family members, and other professionals with undergraduate degrees who work with students who have deaf-blindness.

What will I know and be able to do when I complete this Graduate Certificate?

  • Understand the unique impact of deaf-blindness on development and learning.
  • Assess the strengths and needs of these individuals.
  • Work collaboratively with families, related service specialists, educators, and other specialists.
  • Design and implement empirically valid, effective educational programs and services.
  • Train and utilize deaf-blind interveners and other paraprofessionals.
  • Serve as an effective teacher, school leader, advocate, and professional development resource.

What are the advantages of ECU's Graduate Certificate in Deaf-blindness?

  • Coursework is delivered online and is accessible through the Internet
  • Reasonable tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students
  • Non-degree admissions option so no need to enroll in a degree program

What does the Graduate Certificate in Deaf-blindness include?

Five - 3 hour courses (15 semester hours):

  • SPED 6810: Characteristics, Issues, and Trends in Education of Students with Deaf-blindness
  • SPED 6811: Essentials of Communication Development for Students with Deaf-blindness
  • SPED 6812: Assessment and Education Program Design for Students with Deaf-blindness
  • SPED 6813: Effective Teaching and Learning for Students with Deaf-blindness
  • SPED 6814: Internship with Students with Deaf-blindness

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For More Information, contact:

Dr. Alana Zambone

Dr. Mary W. Schmidt

Coordinator of Deafblind Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Programs

Do you see children or adolescents who:

  • react to ringing bells or flashing lights differently than other children?
  • use their vision or hearing inconsistently or ineffectively?
  • have vision or hearing loss, or severe or multiple impairments?

If so, East Carolina University can assist you with services for these students.

Do you want to be more effective in teaching children and adolescents with deaf-blindness?

The Teacher Support Program at East Carolina University offers services to families, teachers, administrators, and other professionals working with eastern North Carolina students with deaf-blindness. First-year teachers, lateral-entry teachers, veteran teachers, certified or non-certified teachers, related service specialists, special educators, traditional classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel and administrators, families and physicians are invited to contact the program for services and assistance.

The ECU Teacher Support Program for Students with deaf-blindness provides technical assistance and support to include the following services:

  • Determining whether children and youth qualify for the deaf-blind registry, which expands deaf-blindness services and funding.
  • Offering on-site consultation and technical assistance

The program also provides professional development on topics driven by identified regional needs. These can include:

  • Implementing communication-based positive support and intervention
  • Facilitating communication development
  • Using adaptive technology
  • Designing evidence-based individualized instructional approaches
  • Integrating academic and functional curricula
  • Developing IFSP, IEP, and Transition plans
  • Improving functional vision, hearing and sensory integration
  • Facilitating inclusion
  • Engaging in assessment and person-centered planning

Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center

The AT Center offers a variety of services and resources that are useful for teachers serving students with deaf-blindness. One of their many services includes technology loans so you can determine if a device or software might be useful for your student. The resources are extensive, ranging from vibrating and other sensory stimulation objects to kits such as the APH Lightbox, to various communication devices, to literacy software, among other things. In the AT center you can also explore access software such as JAWS and other resources to increase your students ability to use the computer. Directions, contact information and other information is available on the AT Center website. Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center website.

Please go to to see excellent webcasts on CHARGE syndrome, Communication Portfolio, and Early Literacy. These webcasts are captioned and include descriptive video.

For more information or to request assistance, contact the following ECU-TSP facilitator:

  • Complete TA request form available at:
  • Dr. Sandra Warren, Director of TSP, College of Education, Mail Stop 504, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858