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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.

 Apply Today

For more information, contact:

Dr. Sandra Warren
Graduate Program Coordinator
107A Rivers Building
warrens@ecu.edu


Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate
134 Speight Building

mclawhorng@ecu.edu
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