ECU Certificate in Deafblindness
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. Educators, family members, and other professionals with undergraduate degrees who work with students who have deafblindness will benefit from this certificate.
When you complete this Graduate Certificate you'll be able to:
- 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.
To earn the Graduate Certificate in Deafblindness, the following five - 3 hour courses (15 semester hours), are required:
6810: Characteristics, Issues, and Trends in Education of Students with Deaf-blindness
(3 cr.) Impact on development and learning and history, issues, relevant resources, and approaches.
6811: Essentials of Communication Development for Students with Deaf-blindness
(3 cr.) P: SPED 6810. Communication acquisition from pre-symbolic/pre-linguistic levels through formal language and literacy.
6812: Assessment and Education Program Design for Students with Deaf-blindness
(3 cr.) P: SPED 6810. Assessment approaches to design effective instruction and supports.
6813: Effective Teaching and Learning for Students with Deaf-blindness
(3 cr.) P: SPED 6812. Strategies for providing quality instruction.
6814: Internship with Students with Deaf-blindness
(3 cr.) P: SPED 6813. Supervised teaching and leadership experiences to integrate valid effective practices in assessment, teaching and learning.