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Listening and Spoken Language M.Ed. Deaf Education

Deaf Education Teacher Training Program

The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Deaf Education teacher training program at USU was built on a strong foundation of best-practices and guiding principles in family-centered early intervention for the development of listening and spoken language in children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH).  The LSL deaf education teacher training program at USU provides students with the skills, strategies, and training experiences needed to support children in spoken language development, with the goal of mainstream educational placement with their same-aged hearing peers.  This goal is accomplished through a progressive approach to graduate student training that ensures that all students obtain foundation breadth in family-centered deaf education early intervention services, research-based best practices in academic curriculum design and implementation, competence in cultural and linguistic diversity, and effective practices in providing services to children with disabilities, including an understanding of state and federal laws.  Interdisciplinary collaboration with speech-language pathology, audiology, and special education colleagues is emphasized.


A unique aspect of the USU graduate training program is the opportunity students have of participating in supervised hands-on practicum experiences during every semester of their program due to our campus-based program, called Sound Beginnings. Practicum experiences include:

  • Home visits (in-person and/or tele-intervention) providing services to children birth – 36 months.
  • Toddler groups for families of children 18-36 months of age
  • Preschool and/or kindergarten classroom 
  • Individual therapy
  • Audiology and cochlear implant clinic
  • Family Education and Support Groups (English and Spanish)

LSL pictureGraduate students must show that they have mastered the coursework and practicum requirements, with demonstrated competencies consistent with the CEC/CED Professional Standards that guide family-centered, evidence-based practices.  Throughout the training program, students will document their acquisition of deaf education competencies by developing a portfolio containing materials that are tied to, and will be evaluated against, professional standards and core state competencies for early intervention and preschool education.   

Upon program completion, students earn:

  • Master of Education Degree
  • Early Childhood 0-5 Special Education Teaching License
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Endorsement
  • Early Intervention II Credential


Michelle WilsonAdvisor: Michelle Wilson

Office: 151 Lillywhite Building

Phone: (435) 797-9271