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: Teaching Deaf Literature and Visual Arts
    An applied course designed to highlight, review, and organize instructional practices as they apply to Deaf Literature and visual compositions. We will work to understand how ASL literature and visual arts can be integrated into a comprehensive approach to Standards for composition and literature analysis.
  • 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.
    This course expands on the introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture, focusing on frequently used signs, basic rules of grammar, non-manual aspects of ASL, fingerspelling, and cultural features of the Deaf community. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • SED DE 572: Social Psychology and the Deaf World
    A study of concepts and research related to the psychological, sociological, and educational constructions of Deaf people (children and adults). Ideas from a host of disciplines, events, and matters -large and small- will illuminate how Deaf World issues are often universal, human issues. This graduate level work will focus on the implications for future teachers.
  • SED DE 573: Topics in Speech, Language, and Hearing for Deaf Educators
    Provides an overview of the roles of speech-language pathologists and audiologists as they relate to deaf and hard hearing children. This course offers foundational knowledge and practical methodology in teaching spoken language skills to deaf and hard of hearing children. Review of medical, speech, language and hearing research related to Deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be included. This course also describes the assessment of hearing levels, interpreting audiograms, function and maintenance of hearing assistive technologies (e.g., hearing aids, cochlear implants, and BAHAs), and understanding educational supports available via Early Intervention, IFSPs and IEPs. 2cr.
  • SED DE 574: Prepracticum: Initial Strategies
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 573.
    Field-based course where students work with teachers to gain a better understanding of the day to day mechanics of effective teaching and learning. Students are required to lead at least one independent lesson and contribute a bilingual (ASL/English) resource to the site. Includes 75 hours of field experience that must be completed within 4 weeks in addition to bi- weekly seminars scheduled throughout the semester. 2 cr.
  • SED DE 575: ASL Development in Deaf Children
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED LS 560 and SED LS 565.
    The first in a two-part sequence designed to develop an understanding of language development in deaf children. Topics include acquisition of ASL, the effect of delayed language exposure on later development, visual attention, bilingual language development, the relationship between language and cognitive skills, and the development of meta-linguistic awareness. The focus is on major theories and research findings, as well as how to apply these findings in designing classroom instruction for deaf children from a range of backgrounds.
  • SED DE 576: Bilingual ASL/English Development, Assessment, and Planning for Deaf Children
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 575.
    The second in a two-part sequence designed to develop an understanding of language development in deaf children. The second semester emphasizes application of concepts covered in the first semester to designing classroom environments, implementing instruction, and creating language assessments for deaf children from diverse backgrounds. Specific topics include classroom placement, assessment of ASL ability, application of bilingual approaches, and mediating between ASL and English in reading and writing development. Prereq: SED DE 575. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 577: ASL/English Bilingual Instruction
    This course will review a range of (ASL/English) bilingual instructional strategies. We will explore novel ways to include both ASL and written English in the delivery of content-area teaching. A focus is on designing instruction that encourages Deaf and hard of hearing children to access various literacy tasks in both ASL and English.
  • SED DE 578: ASL/English Literacy Instruction
    "This course is part 2 of a 2-part series intended to learn about teaching ASL and English as a subject matter. Special focus is on building metalinguistic awareness about ASL and English, considerations for applied literacy in each language, and principles of instruction all designed to build "bridges" that link the disparate structures of ASL and English.
  • 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.
    An advanced course designed for students who have completed a minimum of American Sign Language 1, 2, and 3. ASL 4 offers a more in-depth discussion in ASL with an emphasis on receptive and expressive skills. This course will present further exposure to more sophisticated dialogues, vocabulary, acquiring ASL expressions, proficiency in ASL grammar and basic ASL discourse as well as register forms, pragmatics, and storytelling. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • 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: Sign Language Structure
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED DE 571.
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED DE 571.
    Covers the structure of sign languages, with a primary focus on American Sign Language. Topics include phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, language variation, psycholinguistics, and language emergence. *Prereq: SED DE 382/582. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 678: Practicum Equivalent: Student Teaching
    Graduate Prerequisites: completed core coursework in education of the Deaf. Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites.
    Full-time Student teaching. This is the last requirement of the graduate teacher training experience. Students will complete a minimum of 300 hours of teaching alongside master teachers. The Practicum Supervisor's permission is required for registration, approval is based on performance in all prior coursework. Var cr.