American Sign Language & English Bilingual Early Childhood Deaf Education: Birth to 5 Certificate Program

This Graduate certificate program is designed to offer 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 certificate 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.

Admission Requirements & Procedures

Interested applicants for the American Sign Language & English Bilingual Early Childhood Education: Birth to 5 Certificate Program may apply for either graduate or professional studies training (PST) credits. All applicants must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Applicants who are interested in obtaining professional studies (PST) credit should visit the Center for Continuing Studies website http://www.gallaudet.edu/CCS/Certificate_Programs.html and applicants for the graduate certificate program should visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information: http://www.gallaudet.edu/gradadmissions.xml

The deadline for complete application for the graduate certificate program to begin in Summer 2014 is: April 1st, 2014.  

The program admission requirements are:

  1. Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. degree.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all previous undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department).
  3. Applicants have or are pursuing teaching certification or licensure, preferably in the area of early childhood education, special education, deaf education, or speech-language pathology
  4. Resume showing prior and/or current experiences being employed in an early childhood program or field
  5. Access to working with young children and their families in an early childhood environment during the program. This access can be on the job or through a practicum or internship experience.
  6. Applicants must submit a completed application form requesting admission to the Certificate program.
  7. Technology requirements and computer requirements/skills: A Mac or PC computer with access to the internet capable of running the most recent and updated web browser is necessary for participation in our online courses. The minimum operating system are Windows XP or higher for PC and MacOS 10.5 or higher for Mac. Candidates are responsible for obtaining their own Internet access and are expected to have basic computer and Internet literacy prior to the start of the course. Prior to taking courses in the program, students should know how to use: email, word processing programs, presentation programs (such as PowerPoint), and the Internet to search for information.
  8. Achieve a result of 2+ on the ASLPI or show evidence of American Sign Language proficiency (e.g., through interviews)
  9. Completed reference form

  Program of Study

Sequence

Course Number

Course Title & Credits

Course Format

Summer 1

 

EDU 760

Foundations of Policy and Legislative perspectives on bilingualism: Implications for ASL/English Bilingual Education for 0-5

Online 

(8 weeks)

3-Credits

EDU 761

 

Theoretical Perspectives of ASL/English Bilingual Education: 0-5

Online

(8 weeks)

3-Credits

 

Fall 1

EDU 762

Early Language Acquisition & Cognitive Development of bilingualism

Online

(8 weeks)

3-Credits

EDU 767

Capstone I

Proposal

1-Credit

Spring 1

 

EDU 763

Assessment and Individualized Planning in ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood

Online

(8 weeks)

3- Credits

EDU 768

Capstone II

Follow-Up

1-Credit

Summer 2

 

EDU 764

Applications in ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood Education for 0-5

 

Hybrid

(2 weeks on campus & 3 weeks online)

3 - Credits

EDU 765

Family Collaboration and Partnership: The ASL/English Bilingual Lens

Hybrid

(2 weeks on campus & 3 weeks online)

3-Credits

EDU 769

Capstone III

Final Project

1-Credit

To express interest in applying in to the graduate certificate program please go to the application website at http://www.gallaudet.edu/rgs/graduate_school/graduate_admissions.html

For more information, please contact Maribel Gárate, Ph.D., department chair at Maribel.garate@gallaudet.edu or Julie Mitchiner, Ph.D., program coordinator at Julie.Mitchiner@gallaudet.edu

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