Special Education Deaf Education

The program in education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing is housed within the multiple-severe area. Students seeking certification only must hold an existing teaching certificate in some area of education. Since the State’s certificate enables recipients to teach in a variety of service options and across communication philosophies, program participants are involved in active in a variety of service options and across communication philosophies during their course of study.

Course of Study
Once accepted into the program students design a program plan with their advisor, Dr. Susan R. Easterbrooks. The program plan is the official list of courses that must be taken in order to meet certification requirements. program plans may vary depending in each individual’s background. Following the advisement session, students receive in the mail a copy of their Program Plan with their signature, the adviser’s signature, and the department chairperson’s signature. Completion of this program plan leads to a College of Education & Human Development recommendation to the Professional Standards Commission for K-12 certification as a teacher of the hearing impaired.

Changes to the Planned Program Form.
The adviser must approve any changes to the program plan in advance of taking courses not on the plan. A revised program plan must be written, signed and sent to the Office of Academic Assistance so that it is available for final audit of coursework by that office.

All initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning. Please see as follows the number of teacher candidates who passed the edTPA out of the total number of candidates who successfully submitted the edTPA in the program, subject-specific area.

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