Deaf Studies

  • SED DE 500: Introduction to the Deaf-World
    Designed 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.
  • SED DE 550: History and Culture of the Deaf
    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. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 551: Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore
    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. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 552: Seminar: Selected Topics in Deaf Studies
    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. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 554: Field Experience: Deaf Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of program coordinator.
    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. Instructor permission required. Var cr.
  • SED DE 555: Literacy Skills in Deaf children
    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. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 570: American Sign Language I
    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. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 571: American Sign Language II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED DE 570.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 570.
    Extensive information on Deaf culture is presented through conversation. Prereq: DE 570. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 572: Psychology and the Deaf
    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. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 573: Expressive and Receptive Vocal Processes
    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. 2 cr.
  • SED DE 574: Prepracticum: Initial Strategies
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 573.
    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. Prereq: SED DE 573. Var cr.
  • SED DE 575: Language and the Deaf Child
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED LS 560 and SED LS 565.
    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). Prereq: SED LS 560, SED LS 565. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 576: Advanced Language and the Deaf Child
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 575.
    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). Prereq: SED DE 575. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 577: Instructional Strategies and the Deaf Child
    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. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 590: American Sign Language III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED DE 571.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 571.
    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. Prereq: SED DE 571. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 591: American Sign Language IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED DE 590.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 590.
    In-depth discussion of principles of American Sign Language (ASL). Emphasizes expressive skills. Provides exposure to discourse processes in ASL. Prereq: SED DE 590. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 592: American Sign Language V: Academic Language
    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. 2 cr.
  • SED DE 672: American Sign Language Structure
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED LS 565 ; SED DE 571 ; SED LS 566.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED LS 565 ; SED DE 571 ; SED LS 566.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED LS 565; SED DE 571; SED LS 566. Structural linguistic study of specific aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicology in ASL. Concepts of language variation, dialect, creolization, and bilingualism. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 678: Practicum/Practicum Equivalent: Student-Teaching
    Graduate Prerequisites: completed core coursework in education of the Deaf. Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites.
    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. Prerequisites: SED LS 565; SED DE 571; SED LS 566. Instructor permission. Var cr.
  • SED DE 690: Seminar: Practicum
    Designed to provide opportunities to discuss topics relevant to student teaching with Deaf children. Primary focus is on (a) the role of ASL in content areas in addition and (b) the use of effective teaching strategies. (Must also be enrolled in DE 678). Var cr.