Designed for currently licensed special educators and speech-language pathologists seeking additional training in serving deaf or hard of hearing children (DHH) in general education settings.
Professionals serving children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing must understand the impact of auditory access on language, literacy, and academic achievement and have the skills to facilitate age-appropriate development. Unfortunately, shortages of appropriately trained service providers exist throughout the country, even though approximately 87% of children who are DHH attend at least some portion of their day in general education classrooms. The LSL Competencies program trains current professionals to develop these specialized skills so they can provide intensive and individualized services to children who are DHH.
The LSL Competencies program is completed in one academic year. The program consists of asynchronous online coursework and weekly practicum mentoring within the professionals’ current work setting utilizing video conferencing technology.
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This is a non-degree seeking program. Upon completion of this program, teachers or SLPs with a Utah Educator License will be eligible for the LSL Competencies Endorsement to attach to their license. Outside Utah, state licensing structures vary from state to state. It is the responsibility of out-of- state students who are seeking official recognition of the LSL Competencies Endorsement (or equivalent) to know their state licensing policies. We encourage students to contact their state licensing office to discuss and identify available options. Program completion is reflected on the USU transcript and students receive a LSL Competencies Certificate issued by the USU College of Education and Human Services.