Deaf Studies

  • 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. Emphasizes the application of concepts covered in the first semester. Specific topics include classroom placement, assessment of ASL ability, application of bilingual approaches, and language planning. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 577: ASL/English Bilingual Instruction
    This course is part 1 of a 2-part series (along with DE 578). Students 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 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 581: American Sign Language I
    Introduces American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture, focusing on frequently used signs, basic rules of grammar, non-manual aspects of ASL, introductory fingerspelling, and some cultural features of the Deaf community. 4cr.
  • SED DE 582: American Sign Language II
    This is the second level of American Sign Language (ASL). It is designed for the further development of students' proficiency in ASL, focusing on somewhat less frequently used signs, more complex lexical and grammatical structures, and more advanced conversational skills. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Oral and/or Signed Communication. 4cr. Prereq: SED DE 381/581. 4 cr.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • SED DE 583: American Sign Language III
    An intermediate course designed for students who have completed a minimum of ASL 2 offers a more in-depth exposure to 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. Prereq: SED DE 382/582. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 584: American Sign Language IV
    An advanced course designed for students who have completed a minimum of American Sign Language 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. Prereq: SED DE 383/583. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 585: Applied ASL
    Open to students who have completed two years of ASL who are ready for advanced language training. This course will focus on the production, analysis, and evaluation of advanced vocabulary, syntax and register variation in ASL. 4cr, either sem.
  • SED DE 586: Academic ASL
    Focus on academic ASL in the bilingual teaching of content areas (English, Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Science) paying special attention to concepts vocabulary and terminology that commonly appear in the content areas. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 640: Dynamics of Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice within Deaf Communities
    Examines theories and applications of diversity, dynamics of oppression, and social justice through a Deaf Studies lens. Explores the interrelated principles of social justice, equity, access, participation, and human rights, and the impact of these movements on Deaf communities. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
  • 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. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SED DE 691: Advanced Seminar: Learning and the Deaf
    Examination of the current research on a topic pertinent to Deaf Education. The goal is to develop a more in-depth understanding of research in Deaf Education. 2 cr.