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Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program and M.S. Degree in Education - (Intern option available)

The Education Specialist Program in Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Mount St. Mary's College is founded on four principles: passion, excellence, respect, and leadership.  We have high expectations for our graduate candidates, who have become published authors, state coordinators, program directors, and teacher-leaders at their school sites.

The DHH program offers two options:  a one-year Onsite Program for full-time graduate candidates, and a two-year Distance Learning/Intern Program (pending WASC approval) for teachers working with children with hearing loss as the teacher of record.  Both options are offered as a professional school development model in partnership with John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, where graduate candidates are immersed in the daily programs provided to families and their children with hearing loss.  School partners in the community provide fieldwork and practicum sites that broaden candidates’ experiences in a variety of educational settings.

The Preliminary Program is combined with the M.S. degree, and is based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP's).  The program includes special education courses and field experiences in a variety of settings, including parent infant, special day class, auditory-verbal therapy, teletherapy, inclusion, mainstream, itinerant, parent education, parent support groups, international/global perspectives.  All coursework is grounded in the educational and developmental domains of children who are developing typically and children with hearing loss, as well as children with additional or multiple challenges (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, orthopedic handicaps, specific language and speech disorders, English language learners, etc.) .  The philosophy of the program focuses on the technology and science that allow children with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language.  Principles in family-centered support and transdisciplinary practice are emphasized throughout the program.  Perspectives from various professional fields are integrated into all coursework and fieldwork (e.g, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language therapy, audiology, marriage and family therapy).

Courses in theory and practice are paired at various age/grade levels (parent-infant, preschool, elementary, learners aged 5-22), and in various content courses (audiology, language, speech, listening, child development, parent coaching).  Courses are sequenced as a spiral curriculum, allowing graduate candidates to begin early fieldwork through intensive mentoring, and eventually deepening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be teaching independently.

The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential. Please contact the DHH Graduate Program, John Tracy Clinic partnership Program Director, Mary McGinnis, for additional information at 213-748-5481 x225.

The MSMC Education Specialist Program Director, Dr. Diana Taylor, oversees the partnership between John Tracy Clinic and Mount St. Mary’s College and can also be contacted at any time with questions at 213-477-2627.

Program Requirements

Courses & Units


One course in Principles and Methods of Teaching Reading for the Multiple Subject Credential
One course (or equivalent) in ASL

 Education Specialist Courses 

EDU 233 (3) DHH:  Multiple Perspectives
EDU 234A (2) DHH:  Auditory-Verbal Foundations
EDU 234B (3) DHH:  Auditory-Verbal Principles
EDU 234C (3) DHH:  Auditory-Verbal Practicum
EDU 235A (3) DHH:  Early Intervention Theory
EDU 235B (3) DHH:  Early Intervention Practicum
EDU 235C (3) DHH:  Supporting Families
EDU 236A (3) DHH:  Audiology—Diagnostics
EDU 236B (3) DHH:  Audiology—Amplification
EDU 237A (3) DHH:  Language in Early Childhood
EDU 237B (3) DHH:  Language in Learners 5-22
EDU 238A (3) DHH:  Early Childhood Curricula
EDU 238B (2) DHH:  Early Childhood Practicum
EDU 239A (3) DHH:  Curricula for Learners 5-22
EDU 239B (3) DHH:  Practicum with Learners 5-22
EDU 200C (3) DHH:  Research Methods

 To Visit the John Tracy Clinic webpage related to this program, please see:
1-year Onsite Program
2-year Online Program

Goals and Learning Outcomes for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential/Masters Program

You can be confident that your MSMC program will benefit you and your future students. Mount St. Mary's College is proud to be part of a culture of assessment. As part of our Mount family, we will ensure that you achieve the skills necessary to successfully enter the education profession. You will be joining a team that adopted the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) process early and has an outstanding record of candidate success. You will be guided every step of the way and enjoy personal advisement and attention.

By the end of your program you will…

Goal 1: Engage and Support Students in Learning (CSTP 1)

  • Make content comprehensible for all of your diverse students, including those with special needs (TPE 4)
  • Engage your students (TPE 5)
  • Employ developmentally appropriate teaching practices (TPE 6)
  • Teach English learners (TPE 7) 

Goal 2: Create and Maintain Effective Environments for Student Learning (CSTP 2) 

  • Use instructional time to its full advantage (TPE 10)
  • Create a positive social environment in your classroom (TPE 11)

Goal 3: Make Subject Matter Comprehensible to Students (CSTP 3)

  • Use subject-specific pedagogical skills to teach language arts, math, science, art, and social studies (TPA 1A)

Goal 4: Plan Instruction and Design Learning Experiences for Students (CSTP 4)

  • Recognize and use various means to learn about your students in order to improve academic outcomes (TPE 8)
  • Create and implement logical, culturally relevant, differentiated, and engaging instructional plans (TPE 9)

Goal 5: Assess Student Learning (CSTP 5)

  • Monitor your students’ learning during instruction in order to assess student progress (TPE 2)
  • Choose, employ, and interpret appropriate assessments in order to assess learning and plan future instruction and intervention (TPE 3)

Goal 6: Develop as a Professional Educator (CSTP 6)

  • Know and understand various professional, legal, and ethical obligations you are responsible for upholding as a teacher in the state of California (TPE 12)
  • Evaluate your own teaching practices through cycles of reflection and feedback in order to formulate and prioritize your future goals for increasing your students’ success and your teaching effectiveness (TPE 13)