Boston University was founded as one of the first all-inclusive universities, as well as a leading private research and teaching institution. With 32,000 students from 50 states and 140 countries, BU is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. For over 150 years, Boston University has anticipated the changing needs of its students while serving the greater needs of society.
Education of the Deaf:
The graduate program in the Education of the Deaf is a teacher training program leading to a licensure for teaching Deaf children in a variety of school settings. The program is based on a bilingual/bicultural (ASL and English) approach to instructing Deaf students. Students develop an understanding of how to best support Deaf children’s language, literacy, and academic development by taking courses that cover linguistics, language acquisition, cognitive development, and acquisition of English through reading.
Students obtain training in using ASL for engaging students in their education and for carrying out instruction based on a dialogic approach. Students are expected to develop ASL competency by taking the sequence of ASL classes up to ASL VI. Prior to graduation students will have to pass an ASL proficiency assessment. In addition to the core coursework, students may elect to take additional coursework in linguistics, curriculum development, the education of students with disabilities, counseling, administration, teaching English as a second language, or bilingual/bicultural education.
Two practica are required. In the first year, students are placed in schools to work as a one-on-one tutor to work with a student in English or reading skills development. In the second year, a full-time student teaching placement is arranged for each student in either a residential school or nonresidential program serving Deaf children. Completion of the program in Education of the Deaf will satisfy licensure requirements for a future position teaching Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in Massachusetts and many other states through established reciprocity agreements.