Converse’s education program gives you a strong liberal arts foundation with hands-on experience in the classroom. You will have access to observe instruction in local schools, participate in clinical experiences, implement new skills learned in related coursework, and assist teachers with their roles in public and residential schools.
We have a long history of educating teachers for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, as well as working with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) and the public school’s Spartanburg Hearing Impaired Program (SHIP). These partnerships will provide you with diverse experiences with children who are deaf or hard of hearing along the entire continuum of placements and services. These valuable experiences will fully prepare you for teaching in any program serving deaf and hard of hearing children.
Our program is the only Deaf and Hard of Hearing program offered in the state; you can even take American Sign Language for your foreign language option.
Converse’s faculty continually challenge students to integrate theory with practice. Our goal is to provide extensive coursework and field experiences to prepare you to teach with confidence in the field of Deaf Education. You won’t just learn during classroom instruction but also through the field experiences we offer in all modes of communication for deaf and hard of hearing students including American Sign Language, Manually Coded English, speech and audition.
These field placements ensure a wide range of experiences working with deaf and hard of hearing children, preparing you to improve, practice, and demonstrate competencies that align with the Council for Exceptional Children’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing specialty standards.
More reasons to choose Converse:
- Our programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and enjoy certification reciprocity with many other states;
- Our clinical opportunities will give you first-hand experience with students of various ages and challenges;
- We offer opportunities to observe and assist teachers in local schools;
- You will have opportunities to participate in clinical experiences at nearby schools including the SC School for Deaf and the Blind, McCarthy Teszler School, Washington Center, as well as the Spartanburg Hearing Impaired Program (SHIP), which serves all seven school districts in Spartanburg County;
- We are one of the few universities that teaches American Sign Language V as part of our required curriculum;
- The majority of our students have a job within six months of graduation; many students have secured positions prior to graduation;
- The majority of our students consistently score high on the Praxis subject assessment.