Graduate Program

Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program and MS Degree in Education

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The Education Specialist Program in Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Mount Saint Mary’s University is founded on five principles: passion, excellence, advocacy, respect and leadership. These foundational principles make for a career choice that is IMPACTFUL. We have high expectations for our graduate candidates, who have become published authors, state coordinators, program directors, and teacher-leaders at their school sites.

The DHH program offers a professional school development model in partnership with Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. The graduate candidates are immersed in the daily programs provided to families and their children with hearing loss at John Tracy Center. School partners in the community provide fieldwork and practicum sites that broaden candidates’ experiences in a variety of educational settings.

The Masters and Credential Programs offers two choices to students. The first is a Master of Science in deaf education and the second is a Master of Science plus a Preliminary California deaf and hard-of-hearing credential. The curriculum is based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and includes special education courses and field experiences in a variety of settings, including parent-infant sessions, special day programs, listening and spoken language therapy, teletherapy, inclusion, mainstream, itinerant, parent education and support groups as well as international perspectives. All course work is grounded in the educational and developmental domains of children who are developing typically, children with hearing loss and children with multiple disabilities.

The philosophy of the program focuses on twenty-first century technology and science that allow children with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language. Principles in family centered support and interdisciplinary practice are emphasized throughout the program. Perspectives from various related fields are integrated into all coursework and fieldwork, such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology and counseling.

Courses are sequenced as a spiral curriculum, allowing graduate scholars to begin early fieldwork through intensive mentoring and eventually deepening their knowledge skills and dispositions towards independent teaching. The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for Educational Specialist Preliminary Credential.

Please contact the DHH Graduate Program, John Tracy Center partnership Program Director, Bridget Scott- Weich for additional information at 213 748-5481.

The MSMU Education Specialist Program Director, Dr. Diana Taylor, oversees the partnership between the John Tracy Center and Mount Saint Mary’s University and can be contacted at 213 477-2627.

Master's Degree Program

You can change lives! Join the dynamic field of deaf education!

Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles/John Tracy Center Master’s or Master’s and Credential Program:

  • Listening and Spoken Language in Early Childhood Deaf Education
  • 11 or 15 month Onsite Program at the Los Angeles campus

Onsite JTC Campus:

  • For full-time graduate students
  • Full-time participation at John Tracy Center, Los Angeles, in a family-centered, listening and spoken language environment
  • Coursework, fieldwork, and practica at John Tracy Center and surrounding listening and spoken language programs in Los Angeles
  • Accredited Master’s Degree or Master’s Degree and California Teaching Credential
  • Extensive experience with children who use cochlear implants
  • Opportunities in inclusive educational settings
  • Practicum rotations in:
    • Transdisciplinary approach
    • Auditory-Verbal Therapy
    • Parent-infant sessions
    • Preschool classrooms using listening and spoken language
    • Elementary classrooms using listening and spoken language
    • Inclusive/mainstream settings
    • Itinerant settings
    • Parent education workshops
    • Parent support groups

Accredited by WASC and CTC

New Grads 2017-2018 Photoshoot

Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program and MS Degree in Education

The Education Specialist Program in Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Mount Saint Mary’s University is founded on five principles: passion, excellence, advocacy, respect and leadership. These foundational principles make for a career choice that is IMPACTFUL. We have high expectations for our graduate candidates, who have become published authors, state coordinators, program directors, and teacher-leaders at their school sites.

The DHH program offers a professional school development model in partnership with Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. The graduate candidates are immersed in the daily programs provided to families and their children with hearing loss at John Tracy Center. School partners in the community provide fieldwork and practicum sites that broaden candidates’ experiences in a variety of educational settings.

The Masters and Credential Programs offers two choices to students. The first is a Master of Science in deaf education and the second is a Master of Science plus a Preliminary California deaf and hard-of-hearing credential. The curriculum is based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and includes special education courses and field experiences in a variety of settings, including parent-infant sessions, special day programs, listening and spoken language therapy, teletherapy, inclusion, mainstream, itinerant, parent education and support groups as well as international perspectives. All course work is grounded in the educational and developmental domains of children who are developing typically, children with hearing loss and children with multiple disabilities.

The philosophy of the program focuses on twenty-first century technology and science that allow children with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language. Principles in family centered support and interdisciplinary practice are emphasized throughout the program. Perspectives from various related fields are integrated into all coursework and fieldwork, such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology and counseling.

Courses are sequenced as a spiral curriculum, allowing graduate scholars to begin early fieldwork through intensive mentoring and eventually deepening their knowledge skills and dispositions towards independent teaching. The following coursework has beem carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for Educational Specialist Preliminary Credential.

Please contact the DHH Graduate Program, John Tracy Center partnership Program Director, Bridget Scott- Weich for additional information at 213 748-5481.

The MSMU Education Specialist Program Director, Dr. Diana Taylor, oversees the partnership between the John Tracy Center and Mount Saint Mary’s University and can be contacted at 213 477-2627.

You can change lives! Join the dynamic field of deaf education!

Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles/John Tracy Center Master’s & Credential Program:

  • Listening and Spoken Language in Early Childhood Deaf Education
  • 11-month Onsite Program at the Los Angeles campus
  • Substantial scholarships assist candidates who are U.S. citizens with tuition

One Year Option – Onsite JTC Campus:

  • For full-time graduate students
  • Full-time participation at John Tracy Center, Los Angeles, in a family-centered, listening and spoken language environment
  • Coursework, fieldwork, and practica at John Tracy Center and surrounding listening and spoken language programs in Los Angeles
  • Accredited Master’s Degree and California Teaching Credential
  • Extensive experience with children who use cochlear implants
  • Opportunities in inclusive educational settings
  • Practicum rotations in:
    • Transdisciplinary approach
    • Auditory-Verbal Therapy, including Tele-therapy
    • Parent-infant sessions
    • Preschool classrooms using listening and spoken language
    • Elementary classrooms using listening and spoken language
    • Inclusive/mainstream settings
    • Itinerant settings
    • Parent education workshops
    • Parent support groups

Accredited by WASC and CTC

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