Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Program

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Program is 7- course (18 credits) certificate program that provides professionals with current evidence-based knowledge and skills for working with families and their very young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The content and teaching of the program is interdisciplinary and focuses on: professional and ethical practices, communication and language(s), families, and developmental assessment and programming.  All courses will be co-taught by two professionals from different disciplines. Candidates will acquire leadership, advocacy and collaboration skills that promote age and developmentally appropriate outcomes for infants and toddlers. Upon completion of the program candidates will receive a certificate of completion.
ITF 700/PST 660 Socio-Cultural and Political Contexts for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families (3 credits)
This course is the first course in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program and serves as an orientation to the program. The course requires both face-to-face and on-campus participation. This course examines perspectives on working with young deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and communities. Historical foundations of birth-to-three programs and services will be analyzed. Participants will understand the impact of early hearing detection and intervention principles and practices on newborn hearing screening and programs. The course will provide an overview of the following topics: professionalism, advocacy, ethics, dispositions, diversity including diverse abilities, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, socio-economic resources, ethnicities, religion and other factors that influence values, beliefs and practices and the impact of these factors on deaf and hard of hearing infants and toddlers and their families. Resources to support collaboration, leadership and change (e.g., professional organizations, internet resources) will be included. Evidence-based research and best practice guidelines that benefit deaf and hard of hearing infants and toddlers and their families will be addressed.
ITF 701/PST 661 Communication, Language and Cognitive Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)
This course is the second course in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program. The course requires on-line participation. The course addresses language, communication and cognitive development and developmental milestones. Participants will examine socio-cultural factors that impact linguistic, cognitive and communication development from diverse perspectives. The course addresses language learning models for ASL and English, bilingual, multilingual and dual language learning. Participants will explore visual, auditory and tactile modalities, technological devices for supporting language and communication development, and the research that underlies current practices. Participants will explore how professionals with varying disciplinary expertise can collaborate to provide support to families to enhance their child's development. Family language learning models including Deaf Professional/Advisor programs and family sign language programs will also be addressed.
ITF 702/PST 662 Leadership Perspectives on Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)
This course is the third course in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program. The course requires on-line participation. This course examines family systems’ perspectives and the interrelationships among the young child who is deaf or hard of hearing, family, and communities. Family and community cultures, values and beliefs will be explored. Participants will understand the importance of building relationships and the research underlying the importance of family support systems, acceptance and accommodation. Emphasis will be on collaboration with professionals from different disciplinary backgrounds, leadership and advocacy. The course will address strategies and resources that promote family and professional collaboration, family-to-family support networks, and family involvement.
ITF 705/PST 665 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers and Their Families: Capstone, Part 1 (1 credit)
This course provides the opportunity for candidates in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Collaboration and Leadership (ITF) Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program to engage in a capstone project related to deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers and their families. 
ITF 703/ PST 663 Strategies for Developing Communication, Language and Cognition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddler (3 credits)
This online course is the fourth course in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program. The course addresses the methods, strategies and techniques for developing language, communication, cognition and literacy for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Candidates will acquire knowledge of assessments used to describe the strengths and needs of these children. The course emphasizes an interdisciplinary collaborative approach and the roles of related professionals (e.g., audiologists, early childhood educators, speech-language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, etc.). Strategies and resources will address the continuum of communication and language opportunities including the development of spoken English and American Sign Language.
ITF 706/PST 665 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers and Their Families: Capstone, Part 2 (2 credits)
This course provides the opportunity for candidates in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Collaboration and Leadership (ITF) Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program to engage in a capstone project related to deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers and their families.
ITF 704/PST 664 A Developmental Approach to Programming for Infants, Toddlers and their Families (3 credits)
This course is the fifth course in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program. The course requires both on-line and on-campus participation. The course will focus on both content and skill development in the areas of assessment and programming. Collaboration will be emphasized in the assessment and implementation of goals and services for young children and their families. The processes underlying the development of IFSPs and IEP’s and transitions from early intervention to preschools will be explored. Strategies and resources will emphasize best practices in interdisciplinary, developmentally and individually appropriate and culturally responsive programming. Candidates for the certificate will present their final externship projects and portfolios to provide evidence of their knowledge, skills and professional dispositions for working with infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing, birth-to-three and their families.
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