The program will ensure that candidates have planned experiences and/or interactions with the full range of the service delivery system, the providers of such services, and parents and families, including experiences in general education. The experiences must reflect the full diversity of grades/ages, federal disability categories and the continuum of special education services outlined in the specific credential authorization. The experiences are planned from the beginning of the program to include experiences in general education, experiences with parents and families, and experiences with a broad range of service delivery options leading to an extended culminating placement in which the candidate works toward assuming full responsibility for the provision of services in the specific credential authorization and is of sufficient duration for the candidate to demonstrate the teacher performance expectations for special educators. The culminating placement may be in any school, agency or program as defined in Education Code Sections 56031, 56360, and 56361 for the purpose of providing special education services.
Candidates for the Education Specialist: DHH credential follow an intensive program of over 700 hours of practicums and student teaching experiences. More than 300 hours are in a general education setting and more than 400 hours are in settings with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Field experiences for teacher candidates begins with an Introduction to Education course EHD 50, where candidates observe in a general education setting. A minimum of 45 hours of observation and participation on the general education classroom are required. For each of the Teaching of Reading courses, a companion field experience course is required. EHD 174 is a co-requisite of the Teaching Reading and Social Studies in Grades 4-8 and EHD 178 is a co-requisite of Teaching Reading and the Arts in Grades K-3. A minimum of 12 hours per week of field experience, supervised by the School of Education, is required for each course for 12 weeks Total clock hours 144 per course in a general education setting.
Deaf Education Field experience may be in a Special Day Class setting, Itinerant, Early Intervention, or residential school setting. Candidates complete 30 hours in one setting in CDDS 260 Advanced Clinical Practice: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children & Youth, under direct supervision of a deaf education faculty member. Practicum for the CDDS 262 Seminar in Speech includes working with individual deaf children in local schools under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher once a week for a total of 12 clock hours.
After completing all required course work, eligible candidates are placed in a full-time student teaching field experience within a local school deaf and hard of hearing program, CDDS 258 Student Teaching: Deaf and Hard of Hearing is an 8 week placement for a minimum of 200 clock hours. All candidates will have one practicum experience that includes working with students birth - 5. The culminating experience of full-time student teaching is an externship in a residential school in the area of specialization (Early, Elementary, Secondary) in CDDS 268Externship with Deaf Children or Youth. While this experience also requires a minimum of 200 clock hours, candidates often work with students in dormitory activities after school. (Note: Those students for whom this externship will cause undue hardship will repeat CDDS 258).