The deafness concentration is a unique opportunity for students pursuing a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology
The Deafness Specialty Concentration prepares speech-language pathologists to work with families and children who are deaf or hard of hearing to promote their spoken language and literacy and maximize their potential for academic and social success. Students in the program learn to work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth through young adulthood, their families, teachers, and service providers. They learn about the social, cognitive, linguistic and cultural factors that influence development in general and communication development in particular. Students gain experience in early intervention and a variety of educational settings. They are prepared to work with a diverse population of children who are deaf who may use hearing aids or cochlear implants and who may use a range of communication options including spoken language, Cued Speech, and sign language.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the deafness specialty program will be a three-course sequence addressing language and literacy development, assessment and intervention, and cochlear implant technology and use.
Students who qualify can participate in practica with children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Past practicum settings have included Rochester School for the Deaf, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and numerous agencies serving linguistically and culturally diverse children and families who use a wide range of communication methods and strategies including listening and spoken language, visually-supported spoken language (Cued Speech and sign-supported speech), and American Sign Language.