Professional Development

The GURCs partner with Gallaudet University to provide a variety of different professional development opportunities within their regions.

Extension Courses
Extension courses bring Gallaudet’s resources and expertise to YOU!  In partnership with Gallaudet University, the GURCs offer extension courses (as permitted by state regulations) for deaf and hard of hearing people, their families, and the professionals who work with them. The courses provide a unique opportunity to study with recognized experts in such fields as ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education and Interpreting. These courses are coordinated through the GURCs, often in collaboration with sponsoring agencies who serving deaf and hearing communities. Sponsoring agencies can be schools for deaf students, special education school districts, interpreter training programs, or professional organizations. Extension courses are offered at different locations throughout the Southeast Region. For more information about Gallaudet University's Extension Courses, contact  

G. "Bummy" Burstein Leadership Institute (BLI)
Established in 2002, BLI is a comprehensive entity dedicated to improving the quality of the personal and professional lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and developing and enhancing the leadership abilities of individuals who administer programs and services in deaf-centric, non-profit and for-profit agencies and corporations.  Click on for more information on training programs and professional courses.

Workshops and Seminars
The GURC  offers workshops related to a variety of topics, some of which are: literacy, family involvement, transition from school to postsecondary education and employment, educational interpreting, mental health, and student development. The GURC can work with you to plan a workshop or conference that will meet the training needs of your school or agency. Contact

Online Programs and Adult Degree Program
Gallaudet’s new distance education program is perfect for adult learners like you.  Take care of your family, stay at your job, contribute to your community while completing the coursework you need to get to the next level. Earn your Gallaudet degree from anywhere- Graduate Degree/Certificate programs, and Undergraduate Degree Program. For more information, visit Online Programs. For those of you who have accumulated 80 hours of college credits toward a bachelor's degree, you might be interested in our Adult Degree Program, visit Adult Degree Programs.

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education (K-12)
If you are looking for information about deaf and hard of hearing children, you have come to the right place! We are pleased to offer you a wealth of information and resources on the educational, linguistic, social, and emotional development of deaf and hard of hearing children. The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education offers technical assistance and professional development workshops to families, educators, and other professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing children. To learn about our Clerc Center training events across the country, please review the Clerc's Online Learning program.

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