Ph.D in Special Education with a minor in applied linguistics, University of California Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles 1985
Specialization: Deaf Education
SPED 500 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood SPED
SPED 403D Early Field Experience in DHH
SPED 560 Language Development in DHH Students
SPED 561D/565 Reading/Writing with DHH Students
SPED 506D/580D Supervision of Fieldwork in DHH
Language and literacy development of deaf children. In particular, strategies used in a child’s communication environment to promote access to language and meaningful interactions with others. Building upon a foundation in expressive language skills, strategies for promoting access to English print literacy skills.
Background: Ellen has been a teacher of deaf/hard-of-hearing children at both the elementary and secondary levels. She taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf and at Marlton School for the Deaf in Los Angeles. She served as the coordinator of the language arts program at Marlton School, developing the language and literacy skills of students at the secondary level. After completing her doctoral work in special education and applied linguistics, Ellen has coordinated the teacher preparation program and Masters program in the area of Deaf Education at CSUN for the past 20 years. She conducts numerous workshops, inservice training sessions and presentations on topics related to promoting the language and literacy skills of deaf children. Ellen and her husband are the parents of three teenagers, all actively pursuing passions in theater, technology and sports.