Graduate School of Education

M.S. in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Program Overview

The needs of today's students with hearing loss are changing as technology and evidence-based best practices allow parents and teachers to provide individualized and comprehensive options.

CLU's Education Specialist credential - Deaf and Hard of Hearing program blends scientific research with practical application, offering heightened effectiveness. Candidates earn a Master of Science degree upon completion of the Preliminary credential coursework, and three additional courses.

Program Highlights

Candidates benefit from the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical application in meaningful settings. Students gain experience and skills in spoken language development, aural habilitation, inclusion, literacy and supporting families.

The program is distinctive from others due to extensive personal support and empowerment training. Classes are offered evenings and weekends at our Woodland Hills campus.

Faculty is comprised of highly regarded practicing professionals. Candidates who meet the Internship Credential requirements may complete their program under the Internship Option.

Requirements

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (DH/H)

Co-requisite Courses: The following courses may be completed concurrently with the Credential Program.

  • EDTP 521 Literacy and Language in Diverse Classrooms (3 units) or equivalent
  • American Sign Language

The following courses are required to successfully complete this 40-credit curriculum:

  • EDDH 500 Introduction to Educating Infants, Children & Youth Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Multiple Perspectives (3 units) 

  • EDDH 502 Audiology: Diagnostics in Infants and Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

  • EDDH 504 Educational Audiology and Hearing Technologies for Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

  • EDDH 508 Speech, Aural Habilitation and Advanced Communication (3 units)

  • EDDH 516 Language and Literacy for Students with Hearing Loss (including English Language Learners) (3 units)

  • EDDH 518 Early Childhood Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds (4 units)

  • EDDH 525 Academic Curriculum, Differentiated Instruction, and Technology for Students with Hearing Loss (English Language Learners) Grades K-5 (3 units)

  • EDDH 527 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Gr. 6-12 (3 units)

  • EDDH 545 Developing Audition, Speech and Spoken English Language in Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

  • EDDH 546 Inclusion/Collaboration/Itinerant Teaching with Students with Hearing Loss (3 units)

  • EDDH 548 Teaching Students with Hearing Loss and Additional Special Needs including Autism (3 units)

  • EDDH 560 Extended Practicum/Seminar in Elementary, Middle or High School Settings (6 units)

Master's Degree in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, the following courses are required for the Master of Science degree:

  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Education Research (3 units)
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)
  • EDGN 599 Thesis Research (3 units)

Preliminary Credential Courses

EDDH 500 Introduction to Educating Infants, Children & Youth Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Multiple Perspectives (3 units)

This course provides an introduction to the characteristics and education of diverse learners with a hearing loss, ages birth to twenty-one. Topics include the history of deaf education, current research and trends, legal issues in deaf education, behavior management, professional resources, universal design for learning (UDL), ethical challenges, and their application to today’s children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.

EDDH 502 Audiology: Diagnostics in Infants and Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

Teachers, therapists and others who provide services to children with hearing loss need a basic introduction to: causes, types, degrees and measurement of hearing loss; the nature of sound; anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism; audiograms; classroom acoustics; amplification, and assistive listening devices, including cochlear implants and sensory devices for educational settings. 

EDDH 504 Educational Audiology and Hearing Technologies for Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

Course topics include pediatric audiological assessment; issues in early and later cochlear implantation; audiological recommendations for IFSPs and IEPs; device options; and the use of hearing technologies in school settings. Classroom acoustics, the use of FM systems, and collaboration between the parents, audiologist, SLP, and classroom teachers and aides will be integrated into strategies to maximize the sounds of spoken language for the development of literacy and academic English.

EDDH 508 Speech, Aural Habilitation and Advanced Communication (3 units)

This course will focus on the development and remediation of audition and spoken English language and speech in children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, including functional assessment, establishing goals/objectives for the IEP, diagnostic teaching and strategies for intervention.  Candidates will observe speech/language therapy sessions for elementary, middle and high school students, with a special emphasis on assessments and the integration of audition and speech production into classroom settings.  Special attention will be paid to students who use cochlear implants and digital hearing aids.

EDDH 516 Language and Literacy for Students with Hearing Loss (Including English Language Learners) (3 units)

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the nature of language and how it develops in typically developing children and children with a hearing loss, ages birth to six years.  The more a hearing professional understands about how language develops in typically developing children the more informed their judgments about language programming for children with hearing loss will be.

EDDH 518 Early Childhood Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds (4 units)

Parent/Infant and preschool early intervention models for children who have been diagnosed with a hearing loss will be presented.  Candidates will gain an understanding of typical and atypical infant and preschool-age child development, knowledge of a variety of appropriate assessments, strategies for guiding parents in natural settings as well as center-based programs, coordination of services for children with additional challenges, an understanding of participating in interdisciplinary teams, the ability to foster interagency collaborations, and skills to help families from diverse backgrounds.

EDDH 525 Academic Curriculum, Differentiated Instruction, and Technology for Students with Hearling Loss (English Language Learners) Grades K-5 (3 units)

Candidates will assess and develop academic goals and learning outcomes for the students with hearing loss, grades K-5. Candidates will develop IEPs integrating their knowledge of typical and atypical child development during the elementary school years, demonstrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL), accommodations and modifications to state content standards, as well as planning lessons for instruction with specific strategies for students with hearing loss and additional special needs and English Language Learners.

EDDH 527 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Gr. 6-12 (3 units)

Candidates will develop academic goals and learning outcomes for the students’ IEPs integrating their knowledge of typical and atypical development during the middle and high school years, with accommodations and modifications as well as planning lessons in units of study for instruction with specific strategies for students with hearing loss and additional special needs.

EDDH 545 Developing Audition, Speech and Spoken English Language in Children and Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 units)

This course will allow candidates to teach speech and spoken English language instruction with children and youth with hearing loss, including those with additional challenges in a clinical practicum.  Candidates will administer assessments in phonetic and phonologic speech, receptive and expressive language, and auditory skills in a one-to-one therapy setting

EDDH 546 Inclusion/Collaboration/Itinerant Teaching with Students with Hearing Loss (3 units)

This course is designed for Education Specialist candidates to address issues related to inclusion, itinerant teaching, and collaboration with all members of the school community for the benefit of students with special needs.  Students with special needs, including those with hearing loss, need to be able to access the core curriculum to the maximum extent possible and within the least restrictive environment according to their IFSP, IEP, and ITP. Students become acquainted with IFSP, IEP and ITP documents which provide the foundation for professional team members to make decisions on goals, placement, and transitions across the lifespan.

EDDH 548 Teaching Students with Hearling Loss and Additional Special Needs including Autism (3 unit)

This course is a study of learners with hearing loss who are also diagnosed with additional special needs, and who need additional special education programming.  Candidates will become knowledgeable and skilled in the assessment process, with other professionals during various instructional designs such as co-teaching, and consultations. 

EDDH 560 Extended Practicum/Seminar in Elementary, Middle or High School Settings (6 units)

This course is a practicum experience in teaching children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing in school settings (elementary, middle or high school).  The focus is on a systematic sequence of observations, applications, and evaluations of various pedagogical approaches in a variety of settings with various types of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

Master's Degree Courses

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, the following courses are required for the Master of Science degree:

EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)

A core course designed to introduce educational practitioners to educational research. Through an examination of the nature of research, ethical and philosophical principles, types of research, and characteristics of data students will explore quantitative and qualitative methods of designing and conduction research in the context of educational settings.

EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)

Drawing from qualitative, quantitative, and combined applications of research this core course is designed to guide students through a systematic study of the interrelated activities embedded in the development of an action research project. Construction a problem statement and research question will guide the preparation of a literature review and methodological plan.

EDGN 599 Thesis Research (3 units)

Building upon the literature and methodological plan developed during EDGN 510, this class supports the implementation, analysis, and presentation of a research thesis

Admission Requirements

Currently Accepting Applications for Summer 2014

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (DH/H) and Master's Degree

  1. Checklist
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. 50.00 Application fee (please make checks payable to CLU)
  4. Official transcripts form all colleges and universities attended
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Three letters of Recommendation
  7. General test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an approved Petition to Waive the GRE or GRE Scores
  8. State issued Certificate of Clearance
  9. Current negative TB test

Application Process

Apply Online

Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor or to request information.

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