Kent State University
- Kent State University - Deaf Education Teacher Preparation Program
- (Undergraduate & Graduate)
- State of Ohio & the Council on the Education of the Deaf
- Drs. Harold Johnson , Pamela Luft , Barbara Schirmer,
& Mrs. Sheila Owolabi
- 405 White Hall
- Kent OH 44242-0001
- (330) 672-2294 [voice]
- -2396 [tty]
- -2512 [fax]
Click on a name below to send an e-mail message:
- Dr. Harold Johnson or Dr. Pamela Luft
- The primary problems of deafness is not a lack of hearing, but an abundance of
isolation. This isolation can be most effectively reduced through the use of
student-centered, collaborative instructional strategies in which teachers observe,
understand and build upon their students communication strategies, interests and
strengths. Inherent within this approach is an acceptance and valuing of cultural and
linguistic realities of Deafness and a respect for the unique and over-riding role that
parents serve in the education of their children.
- The K.S.U. Deaf Education Teacher Preparation Program was established in 1947. Since its
conception, over 650 individuals have been prepared to teach deaf/hard-of-hearing (d/hh)
students. This preparation is now carried out by two full time and three part time
"Deaf Ed." faculty. Students progress through a developmental series of course
work in which they learn and rehearse the most effective instructional strategies and
curricular materials. Such rehearsals are carried out in direct collaboration with
existing teachers of the deaf through use of extensive (i.e., over 500 hrs.) field/student
teaching experiences. Course and field work is further supplemented through use Internet
based technologies and resources. This use insures that K.S.U. graduates posses the
knowledge, skill and technological sophistication that they will need to be effective
teachers throughout their professional careers.
- The course offerings in the Deaf Education Teacher Preperation program encompass the
broad range of expertise needed by teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Education Courses (General and Special)
- Developmental Reading
- Family and Professional Collaboration
- Math Methods
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Low Incidence Assessment
- Social Studies/Science Methods
Deaf Education Courses
- Deaf Education majors complete 275 clock hours of field experiences prior to student
teaching. These experiences are carried out with deaf/hard-of-hearing students, under the
direct supervision of master teachers, in a wide ranger of educational settings.
Students within the Deaf Education program gain substantial sophistication in the use
and educational application of distance/distributed technologies. Particular attention is
given to using Internet resources to enhance both professional development and
instructional effectiveness. Numerous examples of the work of students in the Deaf
Education program can be seen on this web site.
Graduate Trainee Positions (Early Intervention - Deaf Infants/Toddlers) Available:
- Applications are now being accepted for summer and academic year trainee positions on a
Federally funded grant that is designed to prepare individuals to work with deaf
infants/toddlers and their families. Individuals interested in learning more about this
professional development opportunity should visit the grant Web site.
Please fill out the form below if you would like further information
Educators of the Deaf ("EDUDEAF@lsv.uky.edu")
Favorite Web Site:
CED Deaf Information Web Site ("http://monster.educ.kent.educ/deafed")
Suggested Professional Reading:
Gillard, Marni (1996). Story teller, story teacher: Discovering the power of
storytelling for teaching and living. Stenhouse Purlishers, York: Maine.
Mahshie, Shawn N. (1995). Educating deaf children bilingually. Pre-College Publications,
Moline, Steve (1995). I see what you mean: Children at work with visual information.
Stenhouse Purlishers, York: Maine.
Example of Current Syllabi: