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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Professions in Deafness (BS) Advocacy & Services for the Deaf


The Advocacy and Services for the Deaf program is committed to preparing highly qualified professionals to work with Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing individuals in various settings other than K-12 schools. Our program has strong partnerships with the Deaf and hard of hearing communities as well as with professionals/agencies in the field to provide opportunities to interact with diverse populations and cultures within those communities. It is our primary and essential mission to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge about American Sign Language, Deaf culture, ASL/Deaf literature, interpreting, social problems, issues and behaviors, communication and relationships, etc.

The mission of the Department of Specialized Education Services is to prepare professionals for diverse roles in working with individuals with disabilities across the life span in a variety of education and community environments. Concurrently, faculty members provide leadership to the University, the community, the State, and the nation in their disciplines through their teaching, research, and service. Undergraduate degree, post-baccalaureate certification, and master’s degree programs emphasize the delivery of services in integrated settings, with a focus on interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration. The doctoral program enables students interested in advanced degree work the same opportunities. The mission of the SES Department is consistent with that of the School of Education and of the University.

Learning Outcomes

A Basic Level of Signed Communication and Sign Language Skills
Demonstrate a basic level of signed communication skills to include: written English, spoken English, American Sign Language expressive and receptive competency, pantomime and gesture abilities, facial expressions and auditory/cognitive processing skills. Many students do not have the aptitude for learning a language and/or demonstrate fluency in American Sign Language. This assessment is currently used as a screening tool for progression through the language portion of the interpreter preparation program in order to screen the signing and language abilities of students.

Score of Level 2 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)
Acquire and demonstrate Level 2 rating on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) focusing on vocabulary, accent/sign production, fluency, American Sign Language grammar and comprehension skills.

Intermediate Proficiency in American Sign Language Communication
Demonstrate an intermediate level of signed communication skills on the Signing Proficiency at Intermediate Level focusing on classifier production, basic number systems as well as specific American Sign Language grammatical features including directionality, contrastive structure, spatial aspects, conditionals, and sequence.

Demonstrate Advocacy Skills in Clinical Setting
Students will demonstrate a broad knowledge of advocacy skills in a clinical setting with deaf and hard of hearing clients.

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