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Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

and Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and ESOL

What's Next?

Students entering our program with basic ASL skills should take the ASL placement test. Students in the Deaf Education program may also choose to add a minor of study in ASL. Enrichment courses in this area are cross-listed with our Masters Program and include Linguistics of American Sign Language, ASL Literature, and ASL 5.

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I graduated from Flagler with an arsenal of strategies, techniques, certification, and endorsements that allowed me to tackle my first year teaching. Olivia Williams, Deaf Education
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I graduated from Flagler with an arsenal of strategies, techniques, certification, and endorsements that allowed me to tackle my first year teaching. Olivia Williams, Deaf Education

Major Requirements

General Education
51 Credit Hours
MAT
223
Statistics
or ENG
172
Topics in College Writing: Honors
ENG
202
Introduction to Literature
HIS
205
United States History to 1877
ENG
152/172
Topics in College Writing/Honors
ENG
202
Intro to Literature
COM
101
Speech Communication
FYS
The First Year Seminar on Liberal Education and Citizenship
COM
101
Speech Communication
FYS
152/172
First Year Seminary/ Honors
HIS
205/206
History Until 1877/History Since 1877
SLS
201/202
ASL 1/ASL 2 or equivalent
ESL
315
Cross-Cultural Communication
CR EXP
XXX
Creative Expression from Category A (course codes vary)
EEL
365
Elementary Methods of the Arts
PSY
101
Intro to Psychology
EDU
202
Intro to Child and Adolescent Development in the Educational Setting
NAS
XXX
Life Science (NAS 104, 107, or 111)
NAS
XXX
Earth Science (NAS 105, 107, 109, or 245)
NAS
XXX
Physical Science (NAS 151 or 245)
MAT
142
College Geometry
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Professional Education
17 Credit Hours
EDU
241
Professional Development I
EDU
242
Instructional Design for Teaching and Learning
EDU
321
General Methods of Instruction
EDU
355
Tests and Measurements
EDU
357
Classroom Management
EDU
461
Professional Development II
EDU
309
Introduction to Techniques in Exceptionality
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Elementary Education
12 Credit Hours
EEL
301
Elementary Reading Instruction
EEL
445
Diagnostic Reading
EEL
362
Elementary Methods of Mathematics
EEL
364
Elementary Methods of Science
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Deaf Education
27 Credit Hours
EDD
349
Foundations of Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
EDD
350
Principles of Hearing and Speech for the Classroom Teacher
EDD
370
Reading/Emergent Literacy
EDD
470/560
Methods of Teaching Language to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
EDD
473/562
Methods of Instruction for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
EDD
481
Internship
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Sign Language
15 Credit Hours
SLS
201
ASL I
SLS
202
ASL Il
SLS
301
ASL Ill
SLS
302
ASL IV
EDD
448/548
ASL in the Classroom Setting
EDD
401/501
ASL V
EDD
444/544
American Sign Language Literature
EDD
425/525
The Linguistics of American Sign Language
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ESOL Core
6 Credit Hours
ESL
325
Applied Linguistics
EDL
415
ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions
I took ASL in high school, do I have to take ASL 1?

Most of our students come in with some amount of ASL skill. If this is the case, we ask that you take the ASL placement test. Most students with ASL experience will test out of the basic ASL level courses (ASL and/or ASL 2) depending on years of experience. You will need to take this test before the start of the fall semester (see the deadline listed in the link to the test) to ensure proper placement in an ASL course. You should not register for SLS 201 unless you are placed in that course due to test scores. Information for this test can be found here.

I do not have any ASL experience. Can I still major in Deaf Education?

Of course! While uncommon, we do accept a number of students who do not have any ASL experience prior to enrolling. Flagler offers 8 ASL courses that range in skill level. Students who do not have any ASL experience should enroll in SLS 201 in their very first semester to ensure that they have all of the proper prerequisites to complete their program in a timely manner.

I noticed that the degree plan requires a minimum of 125 hours. Will I be able to finish in 4 years?

Yes! Almost all of our students complete the degree in 4 years. This can be accomplished in one of two ways. Some students choose to take courses over the summer, others choose to take 18 credit hours for two semesters. The benefit to this is that you will graduate with a dual major (Deaf Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-6) and two endorsements (Reading and ESOL). There is no other college or university in the State of Florida that provides that option as part of the regular degree plan.

I am a transfer student. Will I be able to finish my degree in 2 years?

Likely, not. It will mostly depend on the coursework you have taken at your previous institution and your level of ASL experience. Due to the course sequence for your Deaf Education Core and your Professional Education Core, as well as the 15-hour minimum requirement, students who transfer in, even with an AA, should expect 5 or more semesters of coursework to complete the degree.

I have an AA degree. Will I be able to finish my degree in 2 years?

Likely, not. It will mostly depend on the coursework you have taken at your previous institution and your level of ASL experience. Due to the course sequence for your Deaf Education Core and your Professional Education Core, as well as the 15-hour minimum requirement, students who transfer in, even with an AA, should expect 5 or more semesters of coursework to complete the degree.

What is the program's philosophy/approach related to ASL vs. Oral?

The Flagler College Deaf Education Program prides itself on being a balanced program. We have designed a rigorous program that prepares teachers to work with ALL children who are deaf and hard of hearing. This includes intensive study in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, training in Cued Speech, and coursework that addresses pedagogy and strategies necessary to work with children who use Listening and Spoken Language. Due to our location, we are also able to provide students with experiences working in both residential and general education placements that include self-contained and itinerant service models.

Are your ASL courses taught by native users?

Yes. All of our ASL instructors are native users.

Will I have classes where I am required to use ASL?

Yes. In addition to your Sign Language Studies (ASL) courses, you will have two other courses that are taught in ASL and where you will be expected to participate in ASL. These courses are EDD 470 and EDD 473.

Is there any ASL proficiency requirement for graduation?

Students who wish to intern in an educational placement where ASL is the primary language of instruction must earn a 2+ or better on the ASLPI or a minimum rating of intermediate on the SLPI.   Information about the ASLPI can be found here. Information about the SLIPI can be found here.

I see there is an ASL minor. Can I add this minor to my degree?

YES! Deaf Education majors are already required to take a minimum of 15 hours of coursework in ASL. The minor requirement for Deaf Education majors is a minimum of 18 hours of coursework. By adding one additional course, you can earn the minor. Information about the ASL minor can be found here.

My friend wants an ASL minor to be they are not an education major? Can they add it?

Yes! The ASL minor is open to all students at Flagler College. Information about the ASL minor can be found here.

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