Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This Masters of Arts (M.A.) program incorporates general requirements of all Special Education magistral programs and the theory/practice content required in the specialty area. Completion of the first 18 months will meet eligibility requirements for Interim CAEDHH Certification (Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing).

Full standing is granted to those applicants who have a) completed the prerequisite courses b) have attained teacher certification, and c) met the sign language requirement. In addition, prior work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing is a strong asset. Teacher certification is required. When applying, please specify DEAFNESS on your application. Students without one or both prerequisites may be admitted but will be required to complete the missing course(s) as part of the graduate program.

Candidates must have successfully completed 2 courses in American Sign Language (ASL) at a recognized college/university or community organization.  (Each ASL course is approximately 30 hours of class time.)

 

Below is an example of course sequence for the program.
= On Campus = Online (Asynchronous)

Summer Term 2 (6 credits)       (July - First 2 weeks on UBC campus / Second 2 weeks online)
EPSE 521 (3) Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss
EPSE 522 (3) Designing English Language Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Winter Term 1 (6 credits)  
EPSE 519 (3) Development of English Language Skills of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
EPSE 518 (3) Speech Development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
  • Every other month synchronous online meeting
Winter Term 2 (5 credits)  
EPSE 517A (2) Acoustic Environments and Amplification in the Classroom
EPSE 512 (3) Critical Issues in Special Education
  • 2-week practicum observation in home community (EPSE 598G)
  • Every other month synchronous online meeting

Summer Term 2 (6 credits)  
EPSE 520 (3) Curriculum Development in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
EPSE 525 (3) Studies in Sign Language
Winter Term 1 - Practicum (10 credits) 8-weeks, full-time placement  
EPSE 517B (1) Acoustic Environments and Amplification in the Classroom - 3 days on UBC campus
EPSE 598G (9) Field Experiences: Extended Practicum - 8 weeks
Winter Term 2 (6 credits)  
EPSE 530 (3) Seminar in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Approved Elective (3)
  • Every other month synchronous online meeting
Research & Thesis Requirement (9 credits)  
EPSE 599 (6) Master's thesis
Research Course (3) One of EPSE 592, 593, 595 or other research course related to the student’s thesis  

This concentration accepts cohorts for admittance every two years. Applications will be due December 1, 2019 for the next planned cohort (July 2020).

Contact the Graduate Program Support for application or course registration information.

For more information about the concentration, contact Dr. Joanna Cannon or Dr. Janet Jamieson.