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The Concentration in Early Language Advocacy is designed to train students in front-line language advocacy work within the fields of education and deaf community advocacy organizations. Knowledge of Deaf studies lens, advocacy tools, educational approaches, policy-making and legal mechanisms all are an integral part of the curriculum. At the heart of the program is an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on socio-cultural, political and educational aspects of how deaf children acquire language from birth. Students will gain a hands-on understanding of the dynamics of advocacy and policy-making in education through field-based projects.
The curriculum for this Concentration contains a number of courses offered under Gallaudet University’s Infant, Toddler, and Family (ITF) Graduate Certificate Program. The program is a hybrid program. Students take online classes in Deaf Studies and ITF during the school year, with selected required face-to-face courses with the Infant, Toddler, and Family Graduate Certificate Program being on campus during three summer residency sessions.
Admissions Procedures and Requirements
Applicants for the M.A. in Deaf Studies must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the ‘Overview’ and ‘Courses’ tabs.
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