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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

special education


Preliminary Credential | Clear Credential | ASLPI | Master Degree | Faculty in Deaf Ed.

Program Philosophy

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing specialization in the Department of Special Education is committed to providing students with an understanding of various communication/educational approaches and current applications, emphasizing the research basis for each approach. The program strongly supports a bilingual/bicultural approach, and facilitates the development of sensitivity on the part of future teachers in the field of Deaf Education toward the communication and cultural needs of deaf individuals. Candidates seeking a teaching credential in Deaf Education must demonstrate communicative competence in expressive and receptive American Sign Language. We are further committed to the appropriateness of a continuum of service options in order to meet the needs of deaf individuals, and believe that the individualization of placement and programs in the foundation of quality education.

Traditional Course of Study

This is a post BA program for candidates in non-teaching or teaching positions interested in flexible scheduling.

Intern Course of Study

This is a post BA two-year Program (including summers) designed for teachers who are eligible for an intern credential and are hired in a cooperating school district.

ACT Course of Study

The Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program is a post BA full time two-semester program, offered collaboratively with District 2 in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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Professional Memberships

We advocate active participation in a variety of membership organizations. As a student, you may be eligible for a reduced membership fee. Consider joining:

California Educators for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (CAL-ED)
Council on Education of the Deaf (CED)
Council of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID)


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CSUN DHH Program Partners with Marlton School for the Deaf, LAUSD

Picture at Marlton School

From left to right: Ellen Schneiderman (Coordinator of CSUN’s DHH program), Nancy Huerta (Principal Marlton School), Dean Philip Rusche (Dean of CSUN College of Education), Barbara Charness (Coordinator, Teacher Education Partnerships)


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