Special Education

The Special Education Intern Program - Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)

 Learning to Teach While On-the-Job

The Intern Program 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 or other local educational agency.  Interns progress through the program as a cohort, must take a minimum of 6 units each semester that include 3 units of the SPED 506 intern practicum/seminar, and receive classroom support and mentorship throughout the program by university and district personnel.


Program Requirements and Courses in the DHH Intern Credential Program (52 units)  

Preservice Component

All applicants are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of Pre-service Preparation. This preparation includes classroom management and planning, reading/language arts, specialty specific pedagogy, and human development, with 45 hours devoted specifically to teaching English learners.

Applicants holding a valid teaching credential with an EL authorization or a CLAD certificate meet the Pre-service Preparation component. Applicants without a valid teaching credential satisfy the Pre-service Preparation component through credential coursework.

Core Courses (18 units)

  • SPED 400: Development Differences: Implications in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 402: Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavioral Support (3)
  • SPED 406: K-12 Literacy Instructions for Diverse Leaners with Special Needs (3)
  • SPED 416: Educating Diverse Learners with Disabilities and Working with their Families (3)
  • SPED 420: Improving the Learning of Students with Special Needs through Differentiated Instruction and Collaboration (3)
  • EED 565: Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction or SED 525: Methods of Teaching Single Subject (3)

Specialization Courses for DHH (22 units)

  • SPED 504D: Foundations of Deaf Education (3)
  • SPED 560: Development and Assessment of Language in DHH Students (3)
  • SPED 561D: Teaching Reading to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (3)
  • SPED 563: Audiology and Spoken English Development for Teachers of DHH Students (4)
  • SPED 565: Fundamentals of Teaching English to DHH Students (3)
  • SPED 566: Curriculum and Instruction for DHH Students (3)
  • SPED 567: Teaching DHH Students with Special Needs (3)

Fieldwork Courses for DHH (12 units)

  • SPED 506DHA: Special Education Internship Field Experience in DHH (3)
  • SPED 506DHB: Special Education Internship Field Experience in DHH (3)
  • SPED 506DHC: Special Education Internship Field Experience in DHH (3)
  • SPED 506DHD: Special Education Internship Field Experience in DHH (3)