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Advocacy and Services for the Deaf
Concentration

(126 semester hours)

The Advocacy and Services for the Deaf concentration is designed to prepare professionals to work with individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of settings other than K–12 schools. Students in the concentration have required courses in SES and a variety of options regarding course work in related fields and departments. Students will have acquired the skills necessary for jobs in Resource Centers for the Deaf, Service Centers for the Deaf, Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health services, and group home settings.

Upon completion of the Advocacy and Services for the Deaf program, students are able to:

  • Identify and explain the services/roles of different community agencies available to individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Identify specific needs of individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing relative to their age, gender, ethnicity, and English language ability to identify appropriate services in the community where these individuals’ needs may be addressed.
  • Identify different helping professions and select one in which they would like to pursue graduate-level studies.
  • Discuss the organizational structures and funding sources of community agencies that advocate for and serve individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Take part in collaborating with service providers from multiple agencies to develop a rehabilitation/habilitation plan for clients who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Admission Requirements

  1. Attend program orientation meeting and complete forms outlining Technical Standards, Dispositions, and Program Requirements.
  2. Passing score on the screening that evaluates potential for communicating with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals via American Sign Language.
  3. Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher

Progression Requirements

  1. Satisfactory progress on Dispositions Review each semester
  2. Continued demonstration of required competencies outlined in the Technical Standards
  3. Achievement of a B- (2.70) or higher in SES courses
  4. Achievement of an ADVANCED rating or higher on the SLPI (taken after SES 203)
  5. Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of degree requirements
  2. Completion of Taskstream Portfolio requirements

 

Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)

3

Fine Arts (GFA)

3

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

Mathematics (GMT)

3

Natural Sciences (GNS)
one must be a laboratory course; each must have a different departmental prefix

6–7

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one other GRD course

6

 

 

Department specifies courses for:

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
required: HDF 211 and 212

6

 

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

 

III Major Requirements

SES 200, 245, 250, 333, 445, 467, 486 with a minimum of 14 s.h. from: SES 100, 101, 102, 203, 204, 305, 306, 366, 369, 380; 463 or 464

IV Related Area Requirements

CSD 334; CST 105, 207; HDF 211* or 212*; HEA 201; 310; 318; RPM 201, 314, 401; SWK 215

*HDF 211 and 212 satisfy GSB.

V Electives

A minimum of 21 semester hours from the following:

CED 310; CST 200, 308, 337, 341, 342; HDF 302, 303, 304, 409, 410, 422; HEA 331, 306, 303, 347, 260; SOC 101, 222, 350, 227, 325, 335; PSY 240, 341, 346, 444; RPM 101, 316; SES 240, 252, 270, 333, 357, 370, 400, 460, 480, 498, 499; SWK 310, 311, 315