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March 26, 2015

Clarke and Fontbonne University Will Initiate a Hybrid Model Approach to Preparing Teachers Using Distance Learning Technology in July 2015


March 26, 2015—The hybrid model will offer Fontbonne University coursework and practicum for graduate students in the Northeast region of the U.S. at any of the four Clarke Schools in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia or Northampton, Mass.

This program is a unique model for how to prepare a new generation of professionals. It stresses an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating the principles of best practice from deaf education, early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education. Classes are small and highly interactive. Faculty are nationally recognized, experienced and committed to each graduate student’s success. Many of our faculty continue to work with children and families, sharing their expertise through technological advancements, evidence-based practices and innovative techniques.

Early Intervention in Deaf Education Graduate-Level Scholarship

All coursework is presented by instructors through face-to-face instruction or via synchronous distance technology. The 45-credit-hour curriculum will prepare graduate students with the content and experiences they need to:

  • provide educational services to students who are learning and using listening and spoken language,
  • collaborate with professionals in inclusive educational settings,
  • monitor and facilitate the use of hearing technology,
  • instruct learners with modifications and accommodations,
  • support learners’ self advocacy and social-emotional development.

In addition to the core curriculum, graduate students will also participate in over 400 hours of field experience in or near the city in which they reside through the Clarke Schools or other Northeast programs, including CREC Soundbridge in Connecticut and the Bergen County Hearing Impaired Program in New Jersey.

Read more in the brochure here.