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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education


MacMurray's Deaf Education program is the oldest in Illinois. Its unique curriculum combines a rigorous liberal arts core program with a comprehensive professional training program. The curriculum has been accredited by the Teacher Certification Board of the State of Illinois and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Successful completion of this program results in a Bachelor of Arts degree and entitles students to apply for an Illinois teaching license (P-21) to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students intending to teach outside Illinois should secure a list of requirements for that state so their course selection at MacMurray may be modified.

In addition to the college general education requirements, the following courses are required for the major: four semesters of American Sign Language (ASLA 100, 150, 200, 250); DHHE 201, 232, 234, 240, 377, 383, 384, and 390; and ASLA 102 and 316. Students will also take a total of 15 credit hours of clinical practice (student teaching) in elementary (DHHE 494) and secondary (DHHE 495) education. Other required courses include SPED 223, 323, 326, and 360; EDUC 202, 225, and 237; ELED 232; SCED 311; PSYC 101 and 242; and HIST 104, 201, or 202. Additionally, students must take one biology class and one physical science class, at least one of which includes a lab experience. The four semesters of American Sign Language fulfill the language requirement for the BA degree.

All DHHE majors are required to take the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI).

MacMurray works closely with the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD), located less than two miles from MacMurray's campus. In addition to field experience, MacMurray has a cooperative volunteer program with ISD that provides college students with a variety of opportunities to interact with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. ISD has preschool, elementary, junior high school, high school, and vocational programs. ISD also has an instructional media center and a diagnostic clinic.

Transfer students who come to MacMurray with an AA or AS degree should plan on spending three years completing the very intensive DHHE major. Some transfer students may complete the program in two years if they meet certain prerequisites, attend summer school, and carry heavier academic loads.


DHHE 201. Perspectives in Deafness: Foundations. (3) The audiological, psychological, and developmental aspects of varying degrees of hearing loss. Topics include audiology, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, historical and philosophical foundations of deaf education, educational placement options, varying communication modalities, assistive devices, and social cognitive aspects of deafness. No prerequisite.

DHHE 232. Guided Observation and Field Experiences with Deaf Students. (3) DHHE majors will be placed in an educational setting where they will observe in an elementary or secondary program. Students who do not receive a grade of B or higher must repeat the course and cannot continue to take upper-level education courses until they do so. Prerequisites: ASLA 100 and 150, DHHE 201, and SPED 223.

DHHE 234. English and American Sign Language Phonetics. (3) Identification and transcription of the phonemes of English and American Sign Language (ASL) through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, Thorndike Diacritical Markings, Northampton Spellings, and American Sign Language Alphabet (or ASL-phabet). Students will develop foundational knowledge of phonological decoding and how it contributes to best practices in reading instruction. They will describe how linguistic phonemes (regardless of modality) and related alphabetic knowledge lead to reading comprehension and fluency. Prerequisite: DHHE 201.

DHHE 240. Introduction to Audiology. (3) The study of principles of the hearing mechanism and conservation. Clinical practice in pure tone audiometry. Audiogram interpretation and hearing aid care. Prerequisites: DHHE 201.

DHHE 377. Introduction to Speech, Speechreading, and Auditory Training. (3) Relationship of amplified speech to receptive and expressive language; concepts and pedagogical practices in developing speech through auditory, visual, and tactile modalities; development of programs for maximum use of residual hearing in students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Prerequisites: DHHE 234 and 240.

DHHE 383. Teaching English as a Second and Low Access Language to Deaf Students (with Practicum). (3) Methods of teaching language to deaf students at different educational levels. Students will have the opportunity to apply theory and to practice techniques based on current trends and research. Guided observation and practicum. Prerequisite: senior standing in the division.

DHHE 384. Teaching Spoken Language to Deaf Students in Itinerant and Typical Classroom Settings with Guided Practicum. (3) Students will evaluate children's speech and language performance during in-class guided observations. On the basis of these evaluation outcomes, students will utilize guided observation data to plan effective lessons for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including aspects of speech production (voice, articulation, rhythm, speechreading skills, and auditory development) as related to academic performance. Students will also learn the multiple roles and responsibilities of the itinerant teacher including but not limited to, family-centered service coordination, diagnostic test administration as it relates to IFSP/IEP development, conflict resolution and collaboration/conference techniques with school personnel and families. Prerequisites: DHHE 234 and 377 and acceptance as a DHHE major in the Education Division.

DHHE 390. Integrating Effective Reading, Translation, and Academic Instructional Strategies for Deaf Students. (3) Methods and techniques of teaching reading, math, social studies, and science to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Preparation, design, and analysis of materials for individualized and group instruction at the elementary and secondary levels. Students will achieve competency in methodology and techniques. Guided observation and practicum. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of program coordinator.

DHHE 494, 495. Clinical Practice: Elementary and Secondary. (7, 8) Clinical practice (student teaching) in classes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in approved schools under qualified educators. Students who do not receive a grade of B or higher must repeat the course and cannot continue to take upper-level education courses until they do so. Prerequisites: senior standing, completion of all course and non-course requirements, and permission of instructor.