2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Early Intervention in Deaf Education, M.A.


Fontbonne University offers a master of arts (MA) degree in early intervention in deaf education. Universal newborn hearing screening, has increased the need for professionals to work with young children and their families. The graduate program in early intervention in deaf education develops the knowledge and skills needed to provide the most current and highest-quality services to infants, toddlers, and young children up to age eight and their families.

The program emphasizes the development of spoken language and effective audiologic management. Students gain the tools needed for early childhood education, assessment of young children, counseling, and family-centered intervention.

The program is designed for full-time graduate students and may be completed between fourteen months to twenty-four months with a minimum of 36 credit hours. It is preferred students have an undergraduate degree in deaf education, early childhood education, special education, elementary education, or speech-language pathology. All students must have certain prerequisite courses as outlined in the curriculum guide although some of these courses may be taken during the program. Each student will complete core courses and electives that strengthen their knowledge and skills.

Master’s Degree Students Seeking Certification in Deaf Education

Students who do not possess a teaching certificate in deaf education may complete additional course work to be eligible for Missouri certificate Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Birth-12. The requirements are described in the Teacher Certification at Fontbonne  section of the catalog. Specific requirements for the certification for Deaf/Hard of Hearing are listed on the Curriculum Guide for Students Seeking Certification.

Application/Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education. (Students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree may apply after they have completed 108 undergraduate credits).

Applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The applicant must submit the following items by February 1st of the year of planned enrollment:

  • A completed online application for graduate study at Fontbonne University.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a faculty member in the department in which the student majored as an undergraduate.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended accredited, degree-granting colleges or universities; for applicants currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, transcripts must include the fall semester grades.
  • A self-statement.

Please refer to the admission requirements listed in Admission Policies  for additional information.

Essential Functions

Applicants must also meet the following essential functions which are required of individuals in the field.

Physical Abilities

  • Participate in classroom or clinical activities for two to four hour blocks of time with one or two breaks
  • Ambulate to, within and from academic/clinical facilities
  • Provide for or direct one’s own personal hygiene
  • Manipulate screening/diagnostic/therapeutic/educational materials
  • Respond to emergency situations including fire, choking, and in the application of universal precautions
  • Visually monitor client responses and use of materials
  • Auditorily monitor and orally model correct speech and language production

Affective Abilities

  • Work effectively with people
  • Make appropriate decisions, including the ability to evaluate and generalize appropriately without immediate supervision
  • Maintain proper work place behavior, including punctuality and regular attendance
  • Maintain composure and emotional stability in demanding situations
  • Maintain emotional and mental health required for use of intellectual abilities, prompt completion of responsibilities, and appropriate relationships with clients/students and colleagues

Cognitive Abilities

  • Comprehend and read professional literature/ reports
  • Write university level papers and clinical/educational reports in Standard American English
  • Speak Standard American English intelligibly
  • Independently analyze, synthesize, interpret ideas and concepts in academic and clinical settings
  • Maintain attention and concentration for sufficient time to complete academic/clinical activities: typically two to four hours with one or two breaks
  • Comply with administrative, legal, and regulatory policies

Background Checks

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure the safety and welfare of students and staff, school districts require that any individual who teaches, supervises, or has access to students in schools undergo an FBI fingerprint check, a criminal record check, child abuse/neglect screening, TB tests and/or other screenings. Candidates should also realize that the background checks need to be updated periodically. It is the responsibility of each student to maintain up-to-date background checks for the purpose of observations, practicum and final clinical experience/student teaching. Please check with your advisor or the Certification Officer (East 235) should you have questions regarding background checks and the courses for which they are necessary. Courses needing background checks are also noted in this catalog.

Courses Required for Students with Certification in Deaf Education


A minimum of 36 credit hours are required for the program

Prerequisites (or equivalents)


Certification in deaf education, elementary, early childhood, special or early childhood special education.

Students may fulfill requirements for CDS 105 CDS 201 , CDS 220 , and CDS 211  by taking CDS 508  

Graduate Practicum


  1. Students will complete a total of 2-3 credit hours of practicum. A minimum of 40 clock hours of experience are required for 1 credit hour of practicum.
  2. The number and type of practicum experiences will be determined in consultation with the program director.

Courses Required for Students Seeking Certification in Deaf Education


A minimum of 36 Credit hours are required for the program

Prerequisites (or equivalents)


Certification in deaf education, elementary, early childhood, special or early childhood special education or undergraduate degree in related field such as communication disorders.

Students may fulfill requirements for CDS 105 CDS 201 , CDS 220 , and CDS 211  by taking CDS 508 .  

Graduate Practicum


  1. Students will complete a total of 2-3 credit hours of practicum prior to the Culminating Clinical Experience (DEA 481 ).
  2. A minimum of 40 clock hours of experience are required for 1 credit hour of practicum.
  3. The number and type of practicum experiences will be determined in consultation with the program director.

Learning Outcomes


The program graduate will show competence in the aforementioned eight competencies.   

The program graduate will model effective verbal, nonverbal, written, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction through family-centered early intervention.   

The program graduate will demonstrate higher order and critical thinking skills as a reflective practitioner who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others. This reflective practitioner actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally and utilizes the assessment and professional growth to generate more learning for more children and families.