Program of Study

Certificate Program of Study

The Certificate program is a two year, 15 credit program of studies. Students complete two courses, over a two week period, during each of two consecutive summers. In addition, students complete a three-credit field experience (cultural encounter) during the academic year between their two summers of study.

This certificate program offers opportunities for study on three inter-related areas. These are:

  1. to study cultural identity and its implications from theoretical, personal and experiential perspectives;
  2. to provide intensive student-focused learning about specific multicultural issues and groups utilizing a wide range of learning techniques; and
  3. to address complex multicultural approaches, skills, tools, resources, and alliance-building in handling multiculturally competent assessments and interventions.

The application of this knowledge is with clients aged birth through young adults and their families in which deafness/hearing loss and cultural diversity are present. Areas (1) and (2) focus on increased multicultural awareness and knowledge base; area (3) focuses on skill development.

The certificate program includes five 3-credit courses.

Summer I: Consecutive classes, M-F

COU 770 Diversity Foundations 1 (3 credits, first week )
COU 771 Diversity Foundations 2 (3 credits, second week)

Fall

COU 772 Cultural Diversity Encounter (online discussions and supervision) (3 credits)

Includes a de-briefing of this experience over the mid-winter weekend (Martin Luther King weekend).

Summer II : Consecutive classes, M-F

COU 773 Multicultural Interviewing and Assessment (3 credits, first week)
COU 774 Multicultural Strategies and Interventions (3 credits, second week, plus Saturday morning culminating activity and evaluation)

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