M.A. in Deaf Studies: Early Language Advocacy


Dr. H-Dirksen Bauman, Program Coordinator
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1214

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.