Deaf Studies

Introduction to the Deaf-World

SED DE 500 (4 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide a general introduction to the lives, history, and culture of American Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their vernacular language. The role of schools in the formation of the community and maintenance of ASL will be examined.4 cr, 1st sem.

2016FALLSEDDE500 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm CAS 316

History and Culture of the Deaf

SED DE 550 (4 credits)

Analysis and discussion of the historical and cultural aspects of the Deaf; the influence of geographic, cultural, educational, and economic forces on Deaf people; and the patterns of social change during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Introduces students to specific cultural and historical experiences and acquaints them with literature in the field. (Offered alternate years.) 4cr, 1st sem.

Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

SED DE 551 (4 credits)

Representative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama depicted in readings and videotapes related to everyday lives of Deaf people. Develops insight and appreciation of Deaf literature and ASL folklore and their implications for education. (Offered alternate years.) 4cr, 2nd sem.

2017SPRGSEDDE551 A1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 12:20 pm 3:20 pm

Seminar: Selected Topics in Deaf Studies

SED DE 552 (4 credits)

Topics pertinent to current cultural and educational issues concerning Deaf adults and children. Children's literature, development of services for and by the Deaf (locally, nationally, internationally); the professions: law, medicine, and education, and their effects on society's view of the Deaf; aging and the Deaf. In-depth discussion and contact with professionals in these areas. (Offered alternate years.) 4cr, 1st sem.

2016FALLSEDDE552 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm CAS 220
2016FALLSEDDE552EB1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLSEDDE552EC1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Field Experience: Deaf Studies

SED DE 554 (Var credits)

Students work in an agency providing services to Deaf people for a minimum of one day per week. Supervision maintained in cooperation with the staff of the Deaf Studies Program and agency personnel. Specific placement depends on students' interests in particular setting or area. Variable cr, either sem.

Literacy skills in Deaf children

SED DE 555 (4 credits)

Current instructional approaches and strategies for developing literacy skills in Deaf children will be examined. Expanded definitions of literacy will be explored and relevant research will be examined. Finally, a comprehensive discussion of designing instruction that aligns with the MA Curriculum Frameworks will be included. 4cr, 1st sem.

2017SPRGSEDDE555 A1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 5:00 pm 7:45 pm

American Sign Language I

SED DE 570 (4 credits)

Introductory course that provides non-native signers an opportunity to study American Sign Language as a foreign/second language. Emphasizes developing receptive skills. An introduction to the Deaf culture is presented through instruction and activities. 4cr, either sem, Summer I.

2016FALLSEDDE570 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:00 am 10:00 am CAS 116
2016FALLSEDDE570 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm SED 140
2016FALLSEDDE570 C1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CAS 323A
2016FALLSEDDE570 D1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 4:00 pm 5:30 pm CAS 201
2017SPRGSEDDE570 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 12:20 pm 1:10 pm
2017SPRGSEDDE570 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm
2017SPRGSEDDE570 C1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 5:00 pm 6:15 pm
2017SPRGSEDDE570 D1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:25 pm 2:15 pm

American Sign Language II

SED DE 571 (4 credits)

Continuation of SED DE 570. Extensive information on Deaf culture is presented through conversation. 4cr, either sem, Summer II.

2016FALLSEDDE571 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm CAS 116
2016FALLSEDDE571 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 4:00 pm 5:30 pm CAS 323A
2017SPRGSEDDE571 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am
2017SPRGSEDDE571 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 5:00 pm 6:15 pm

Psychology and the Deaf

SED DE 572 (4 credits)

Surveys historical, current philosophical, and future directions in educating Deaf children. Includes the study of concepts and research specifically related to the psychological functioning of Deaf children and adults. 4cr, 1st, sem.

2016FALLSEDDE572 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 4:00 pm 7:00 pm CAS 315

Expressive and Receptive Vocal Processes

SED DE 573 (2 credits)

Study of the vocal processes necessary for the production and reception of speech. Students gain foundational knowledge and practical methodology in teaching speech to Deaf children. Review of medical, speech, and hearing research related to Deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Covers interpreting audiograms and the function and maintenance of hearing aids. 2cr, 1st sem.

2016FALLSEDDE573 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 7:00 pm 8:30 pm CAS 214

Prepracticum: Initial Strategies

SED DE 574 (2 credits)

Field-based course emphasizing a one-to-one or tutorial approach (therapeutic) to implement strategies for enhancing the expressive/receptive communication skills of Deaf children. Allows implementation of coursework experiences. Includes 75 hours of field experience. Variable cr, either sem.

2017SPRGSEDDE574 A1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 4:30 pm 7:15 pm

Language and the Deaf Child

SED DE 575 (4 credits)

First part of a two-semester sequence applying current linguistic principles to classroom instruction and language assessment for Deaf children. Provides exposure to current language assessment instruments and bilingual approaches to educating Deaf children in the classroom. (ASL/English). 4cr, 1st sem.

2016FALLSEDDE575 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 4:00 pm 7:00 pm CAS 237

Advanced Language and the Deaf Child

SED DE 576 (4 credits)

Emphasis on the application of practical methodology based on current theoretical models developed first semester. Focuses on language assessment and suggested strategies for instructing Deaf children. (ASL/English). 4cr, 2nd sem.

2017SPRGSEDDE576 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm

Instructional Strategies and the Deaf Child

SED DE 577 (4 credits)

Advanced course designed to provide students with strategies for adapting previously studied curriculum design, innovation, construction, and evaluation procedures. Students adapt and develop materials for teaching reading, mathematics, and other content areas for preschool and elementary-age Deaf children with respect to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. 4cr, 2nd sem.

2016FALLSEDDE577 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 4:00 pm 7:00 pm CAS 237

American Sign Language III

SED DE 590 (4 credits)

Intermediate course designed for students who have completed a minimum of ASL I and ASL II. Offers a more in-depth discussion of the principles of American Sign Language. Emphasizes receptive and expressive skills. Presents further exposure to more sophisticated dialogue. 4cr, 1st sem.

2016FALLSEDDE590 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 12:00 pm 1:00 pm CAS 323B
2016FALLSEDDE590 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 7:00 pm 8:30 pm CAS 323B
2017SPRGSEDDE590 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 5:00 pm 6:15 pm

American Sign Language IV

SED DE 591 (4 credits)

In-depth discussion of principles of American Sign Language (ASL). Emphasizes expressive skills. Provides exposure to discourse processes in ASL. 4cr, 2nd sem.

2016FALLSEDDE591 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 5:30 pm 7:00 pm CAS 214
2017SPRGSEDDE591 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm
2017SPRGSEDDE591 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

American Sign Language V: Academic Language

SED DE 592 (2 credits)

Open to teachers and others who have completed two years of ASL or are considered advanced in ASL. Focus is on learning how to translate educational concepts commonly found in content classes such as history, the sciences, mathematics, and literature. How to find common signs for historical figures, creating signs for concepts according to ASL principles, etc. 2cr, 2nd sem.

2016FALLSEDDE592 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 4:00 pm 7:00 pm CAS 323B

American Sign Language Structure

SED DE 672 (4 credits)

Structural linguistic study of specific aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicology in ASL. Concepts of language variation, dialect, creolization, and bilingualism. 4cr, 2nd sem.

2017SPRGSEDDE672 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 4:30 pm 7:15 pm

Practicum/Practicum Equivalent: Student-Teaching

SED DE 678 (Var credits)

Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites. Full-time 16-week component. Students participate in classroom instruction in either a residential or a day school/day class program (totaling 300 hours). Students are placed with master teachers in a self-contained, resource room, and/or itinerant settings. Variable cr, either sem.

2017SPRGSEDDE678 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 7:00 pm 9:45 pm

Seminar: Practicum

SED DE 690 (2 credits)

This seminar is designed to provide opportunities to discuss topics relevant to student teaching with Deaf Children. Although we will address a number of areas our primary focus will be on (1) the role of ASL in content areas in addition to (2) the use of effective teaching strategies. (must be enrolled in DE 678). Variable cr, either sem.

2017SPRGSEDDE690 A1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 7:30 pm 8:45 pm