Common Standards Addendum

Standard 1

Who in the Unit will have leadership responsibilities for this program?
The Deaf Education program, which has been in effect on our campus since 1969, is housed in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS), within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).  Ongoing oversight for the Deaf Education program is provided by Deaf Education Program Coordinator and the CDDS Department Chair with the support of the College of Health and Human Services Dean. The Deaf Education faculty works closely with the faculty of Kremen School of Education and Human Development (KSOEHD to provide a cohesive credential program.

The Deaf Education Program Coordinator and the CDDS Department Chair report to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. The CHHS Dean and the Dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development report directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is the chief academic fiscal and administrative officer in the School. The Deans are also responsible for ongoing oversight of the DHH credential preparation program offered by California State University, Fresno. The Dean of KSOEHD also can serve as director of Teacher Education for the university or, in consultation with the Provost, may appoint an individual to serve in this position

Standard 2

How will evaluation of this program fit into the Unit Assessment System?
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development (KSOEHD) on the Fresno State campus provides leadership for all credential programs on the campus.  The Associate Dean meets regularly with Program Directors within the Unit, providing updates, support, and direction for the Unit.  KSOEHD leaders collect data from all credential programs and coordinate documentation.  This DHH credential program participates with KSOEHD and provides evidence of equivalent measures of all assessments of credential candidates within the Unit.

Standard 3

How will this program be supported with resources?
The Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, along with the Department Chair of the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies department oversee financial resources.  Support from the program comes from the university annual budget.  Physical resources for the CDDS department are student study areas, a graduate research lab, an ASL computer lab, and a Media Center that serves as a materials production and resource center for both the deaf education and speech pathology students with a wide array of text materials, instructional materials, games, and standardized assessment tools for elementary and secondary students who are hearing, deaf, or hard of hearing as well as for those who have other communicative disorders.

The Deaf Education credential program is also supported by all the physical resources of the California State University, Fresno campus.  The Library(HML) recently completed a $105 million expansion and renovation and is now the largest academic library between Sacramento and Los Angeles, housing more than one million volumes and serving over 500,000 visitors a year. The library also provides access to government publications, access to databases (i.e. ERIC, PsychInfo, etc.), an Information Competence Center (reference librarians), inter-library loans, and an electronic reserves center so students can access reserved materials 24 hours a day.  Technology enhancements include an updated campus data network, a faculty laptop program, SMART classrooms.

Faculty is supported with access to technology training, and professional development.  Currently, Fresno State provides support and resources for students through Advising Services, Technology Innovations in Learning, and Teaching (TILT) labs, the Learning Resource Center, and Services for Students with Disabilities.  Health services are available at the Student Health Center.

Students within the program are supported financially by a United States Department of Education grant, Deaf Education Personnel Preparation Project, CFDA 84:325 K.  Student support services on campus include

Standard 4

What will be the criteria for selection of faculty and instructional personnel for this program?
Faculty for this program will have an advanced degree, M.A., Ph.D. or Ed.D., have knowledge of the subject matter, and preferably be certified by the National Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).  Faculty teaching methods classes and supervising student teachers will have a minimum of 3 years of experience teaching deaf and hard of hearing students.  Faculty is hired by the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, with the support of the department chair and Deaf education program director.

Standard 5

Are there particular admission criteria for the proposed program?
Candidates applying for the Preliminary Education Specialist: DHH credential program must have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units and a 3.0 GPA in all CDDS coursework, provide three letters of recommendation, submit a letter of intent, and GRE scores to the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies Department.  All complete applications are evaluated and reviewed by the CDDS Department Graduate Committee and recommendations for acceptance must be approved by the faculty.

Standard 6

How will candidates be provided with timely and accurate information about the program? How will candidates requiring additional assistance be guided and supported?
Candidates who are interested in the Education Specialist: DHH program can find information about the program on the California State University, Fresno web site, can request information by phone or email.
Candidates enrolled in the program will receive timely and accurate information about the program through faculty advising each semester and through email messages sent to all students. Students needed additional assistance will first be encouraged to meet with faculty during office hours and with their assigned faculty advisor.  If additional support is needed, candidates will be referred to the Learning Resource Center for tutoring, the Health Center for physical or mental health support or to Services for Students with Disabilities.

Standard 7

What will the field experiences and clinical practice include? How will sites be selected and evaluated?
Candidates follow an intensive program of over 600 hours of practicums and student teaching experiences as follows:
Initial Regular Education student teaching in EHD 174 and EHD 178, supervised by the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, student teaching for approximately six hours a week for 12 weeks (Total clock hours 144)

Clinical practicum teaching in deaf education settings in CDDS 260, under direct supervision of a DHH classroom teacher or Itinerant DHH teacher with additional supervision of a deaf education faculty member, for an average of two hours a week for a total of 30 clock hours.

Practicum in speech with individual deaf children in local schools in CDDS 262, with supervision from deaf education faculty, for a total of 13 clock hours.

Full-time student teaching in a local school deaf and hard of hearing program in CDDS 258 for 8 weeks for a minimum of 200 clock hours

Culminating experience of full-time student teaching externship in a residential school in the area of specialization (Early, Elementary, Secondary) in CDDS 268.  While this also requires a minimum of 200 clock hours, candidates often work with students in dormitory activities after school in exchange for room and board. (Note: Those students for whom this externship will cause undue hardship will repeat CDDS 258).

Master teachers must meet the following minimum requirements: They must have a professional clear credential from the state of California and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience with deaf and hard of hearing children.  Most, if not all, master teachers in the local schools have graduated from our program and thus they are eligible for CED certification.  For the California residential schools, all of their faculty and staff are required to have credentials from the state as a condition of employment by the California Department of Education.  We also request that they have a minimum of three years of teaching experience.  

Selection of master teachers is based on recommendations from school site administrators, our own knowledge of the teacher (especially if they have graduated from our program) and other teachers in the area. We make personal contact to ask them if they would be willing to supervise a student teacher. They are under no obligation to accept our request.  University supervisors observe in the classrooms and make every effort to ascertain that the master teachers are providing the kind of experiences and feedback expected.  Informal and written evaluations from the student teacher, and feedback from our Student Outcomes Assessment Program are used to ensure that our students are receiving a good practicum experience.

Standard 8

What will be the criteria for selection of district-employed supervisors?
There will not be any district-employed supervisors.

Standard 9

What will be the program assessments used to determine candidate competence as they move through the program?
Candidates for the DHH credential are assessed at various points in the program.  All preliminary Education Specialist: DHH credential candidates will complete graduate level Deaf Education coursework, elementary or secondary credential coursework, have basic sign language skills, and will have either a BA degree in Deaf Education or will complete prerequisite course requirements in addition to DHH program courses.  

Candidate competence will be assessed prior to candidates entering the program through the Deaf Education graduate program application.  Within in the program, candidates will be assessed through signature assignments in Communicative Disorder and Deaf Studies (CDDS) coursework, master teacher evaluations in field placements, through the Kremen School of Education and Human Development Credential program courses and Fresno Assessment of Student Teachers (FAST), a sign language assessment, final student teaching evaluations and comprehensive exams.

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