SJU Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Joins Michigan Consortium

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

by Rosemary Martin '14

PHILADELPHIA (February 12, 2014) - Saint Joseph’s University is partnering with several colleges and universities around the country to help teachers obtain a Michigan deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) endorsement online. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consortium for Teacher Preparation was created by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education (OSE) in response to a shortage of DHH endorsement programs in Michigan.

Through the consortium, SJU allows Michigan students to access its courses virtually. Classes are primarily conducted through webinars and video conferencing. The arrangement allows these students to access a program that is not available in their state and grows the Saint Joseph’s University DHH program.

"Our newly established Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at SJU is honored to be asked to participate in such an innovative nationwide concept as the Michigan Consortium,” said Samuel Slike, Ph.D., director of special education online programs at Saint Joseph’s University. “As the only fully online program for teachers of the deaf in Pennsylvania, and one of four in the nation, the SJU DHH program is pleased  to be selected to assist the state of Michigan in preparing future teachers of the deaf. Working with nine other deaf education programs provides the added bonus of important contacts and discussions regarding the use of cutting-edge technology in teacher preparation.”

Non-Michigan teachers can enroll but must check with their own state to see if the program fulfills that state’s requirements.

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