New Hearing Impaired K-12 Program Receives PDE Approval

Dr. Slike was instrumental in securing PDE approval

Dr. Slike was instrumental in securing PDE approval

A new program in the Department of Special Education at Saint Joseph’s University for preparing teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing recently received its letter of approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). It is the first fully online Deaf Education program in the state of Pennsylvania and one of only a few similar online programs in the nation.

The program will offer Hearing Impaired K-12 certification and has the following options:

 

• Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Hearing Impaired K-12 certification (Graduate level coursework)
• Master of Science in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with PDE Hearing Impaired K-12 certification
• Master of Science in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with PDE Hearing Impaired K-12 certification and PreK-8 Special Education Certification
• Master of Science in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with PDE Hearing Impaired K-12 certification and 7-12 Special Education Certification

The program is considered a “comprehensive” program according to Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) national standards, which means that all communication philosophies will be addressed in the program (Total Communication, Auditory-Oral, and Bilingual-Bicultural ASL). For more information, contact Dr. Sam Slike, Director, Online Special Education Programs, 217 Merion Hall, at: sslike@sju.edu or 610-660-3007.

Pictured (left to right) are members of the Hearing Impaired K-12 planning committee: Mr. William Hudson (Adjunct Faculty), Ms. Susan Lindsey (Adjunct Faculty), Mr. Joseph Fischgrund (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Sam Slike (Director, Special Education Online Programs), Dr. Cathleen Spinelli (Chair, Special Education Department), Dr. Joan Evans (Adjunct Faculty)

Pictured (left to right) are members of the Hearing Impaired K-12 planning committee: Mr. William Hudson (Adjunct Faculty), Ms. Susan Lindsey (Adjunct Faculty), Mr. Joseph Fischgrund (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Sam Slike (Director, Special Education Online Programs), Dr. Joan Evans (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Cathleen Spinelli (Chair, Special Education Department)