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ECU Certificate in Deafblindness

The Deafblindness 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 Deafblindness. Educators, family members, and other professionals with undergraduate degrees who work with students who have deafblindness will benefit from this certificate. When you complete the Graduate Certificate you'll be able to:

  • Understand the unique impact of deaf-blindness on development and learning.
  • Assess the strengths and needs of those 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 deafblind 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:

SPED 6810: Characteristics, Issues, and Trends in Education of Students with Deafblindness

(3 cr.) Impact on development and learning and history, issues, relevant resources, and approaches

SPED 6811: Essentials of Communication Development for Students with Deafblindness

(3 cr.) P: SPED 6810. Communication acquisition from pre-symbolic/pre-linguistic through formal language and literacy.

SPED 6812: Assessment and Education Program Design for Students with Deafblindness

(3 cr.) P: SPED 6810. Assessment approaches to design effective instruction and supports.

SPED 6813: Effective Teaching and Learning for Students with Deafblindness

(3 cr.) P: SPED 6812. Strategies for providing quality instruction.

SPED 6814: Internship with Students with Deafblindness

(3 cr.) P: SPED 6813. Supervised teaching and leadership experiences to integrate valid and effective practices in assessment, teaching and learning.

Gainful Employment Data

Get information on the cost, financing, and success rate of graduates in this certificate program by visiting the Gainful Employment Data page.