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Certificate Programs are designed around current and pressing needs of professionals and practitioners. They include a set of related courses taken leading to a certificate that demonstrates successful completion of the curriculum. Gallaudet University currently offers four non-degree credit professional studies (PST) certificates through its Center for Continuing Studies. PST courses offer students a substantial reduction in tuition costs and were designed to satisfy requirements for professional development. Although credits earned cannot be applied to degree programs at Gallaudet, they may be transferable to other universities. Some certificates can be taken as a graduate certificate. Course requirements are the same for both types of credit.

If you are interested in applying for a PST certificate program, please check the program requirements and click on the "Apply Now" button to start your application process.

ASL & English Bilingual Early Childhood Deaf Education: Birth to 5 (Online)
Now accepting applications for May 2016

This graduate level certificate program offers a program of study for in-service and pre-service professionals who work with or are seeking careers working with deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to 5 years old and their families in educational settings.

The 21-credit program is designed to make it possible for full-time professionals to take courses. The program will emphasize advocacy, language planning, pedagogy, assessment, program planning, and theory and practices in ASL/English bilingual early education. In alignment with the Department of Education's mission, the program will emphasize culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a goal for the candidates to become change agents and leaders in advocating for and educating deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.  Applicants who are interested in obtaining professional studies (PST) credit apply through the Center for Continuing Studies.  Applicants interested in graduate credit should visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information at Graduate Admissions.
Program of Study and Admission Requirements

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program (Online/On-campus)
Now accepting applications for May 2016. Get your application in by February 1, 2016

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program is a hybrid program (online & on-campus instruction) that provides professionals from a wide range of disciplines with current evidence-based knowledge and skills for working with families and their very young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It can be taken for either PST or graduate credit. This interdisciplinary program provides an overview of professional and ethical practices, communication and language(s), families, and developmental assessment and programming. Candidates will acquire leadership, advocacy and collaboration skills that promote age and developmentally appropriate outcomes for infants and toddlers. All coursework and experiences reflect principles of diversity including understanding and appreciation of language diversity (ASL and English, as well as other home languages). The program consists of 18 credit hours on the following schedule. Online presentations will be available through American Sign Language and spoken English or English captions.
Program of Study and Admission Requirements

Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities (Online only)
Now accepting applications for May 2016
This graduate-level online certificate program prepares current educators, other educational professionals, and second year graduate students seeking certification and/or state licensure in the area of special education to work with deaf and hard of hearing students who have disabilities. It can be taken for either PST or graduate credit. It emphasizes culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a foundation for preparing highly qualified special education teachers. The program focuses on working with the whole child, the family, and other professionals while merging content standards and CEC standards, in addition to general, bilingual, special, and deaf education pedagogy through coursework to prepare teacher candidates to work with a diverse group of children within a range of educational settings. Although completing the on-line educating deaf students with disabilities certificate program will not result in a license, the program is designed to meet the requirements for a non-categorical special education license in DC.
Program of Study and Admission Requirements

Peer Mentor Training Certificate Program (Online/On Campus)
The next cohort convenes in August 2017. Early applications will be accepted but not processed until 2017.   
The Peer Mentor Training Certificate Program is designed to train deaf, hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened individuals in meeting the diverse needs of individuals with hearing loss.  Individuals are trained to provide information, support, empathy, validation, and skills to consumers in need.  Peer mentors will also be able to conduct needs assessments, problem-solve, and establish goals and objectives to improve the quality of life for these individuals, help to establish effective use of assistive hearing technology, and ensure equal and appropriate access to communication.
This professional studies program is comprised of a 12-credit, seven course curriculum that is completed over a period of two years. Courses are offered predominately online, allowing for individuals to balance education, work and family, and are taught by aural rehabilitationists, audiologists, and graduate students with exceptional skills in the area of audiology and aural rehabilitation.
While the concept of professional peer mentors is much needed, peer mentoring within audiology is revolutionary. Graduates of the program report they benefit most through self-growth, applying skills acquired to their current jobs, or to advocacy and outreach efforts within their community.
Program of Study and Admission Requirements


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