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Boston College 

School of Education
120 Campion Hall
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167
Dr. Susan Bruce
Assistant Professor  

PHONE: 617-552-4239
FAX: 617-552-1840

Boston College has a long history in preparing teachers at the master's level to work with learners who are deafblind.  Although many graduates remain career teachers, others have become researchers, consultants, college professors, program administrators, and state deafblind coordinators.  Many international students have returned to their home countries to take leadership positions in the field of deafblindness.  Varied educational practicum settings are available and out-of-state as well as local practicum experiences are encouraged.  Federal grant money may also be available.

Cochlear Implants And Children On-line Course

Cochlear Implant Education Center at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University 
Debra Nussbaum


The Cochlear Implant Education Center at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University is continuing to work on many initiatives related to children with cochlear implants. (with primary focus on children, families and educational programs that also use sign language) An on-line course is offered entitled Cochlear Implants and Children: Considerations for Implantation and Educational Planning.  An overview of the technical aspects of the device, surgical procedures, issues involved in determining candidacy, extent of benefit from the implant, and considerations for family support and educational planning.  Information related to effectiveness of cochlear implants will be highlighted in the context of age of implantation, psychological adjustment considerations and deaf culture issues. Contact Debra Nussbaum for information on the next sceduled class.

HOPE Online Courses

Free one-hour educational seminars are given by internationally known experts on a range of topics relating to the (re)habilitation and educational needs of children, teens, and adults who use cochlear implants or the Baha System. Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available from the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Many courses are offered for CE Credit from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language for the LSLS Certification. CEUs are administered by Audiology Online. Cochlear Americas offers a free Certificate of Participation for those who have completed courses and returned a Feedback Form via the designated mechani

Northern Illinois University - Certificate Training In Deafblindness

Department of Communicative Disorders
Northern Illinois University
Rehabilitation Counseling
DeKalb, IL 60115
Jennifer L. Gregory Project Coordinator  


Northern Illinois University's Department of Communicative Disorders, housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences, offers a unique program designed to provide quality continuing education to the rehabilitation professional who wishes to enhance his or her skills in providing quality services to persons who are deaf-blind. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Participants may earn 15 semester hours of academic credit at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Training begins with an intensive three-week institute on the Northern Illinois University campus, located 65 miles west of Chicago. Students then enroll in a distance-learning component of the course that is completed during the second semester of study. The goal of the program is to impact significantly the delivery of rehabilitation services to persons who are deaf-blind by assisting rehabilitation professionals to be knowledgeable concerning the unique considerations of providing quality and accessible services to this population.

OHOA Intervener Learning Modules

The  Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind and are being served in educational settings (ages 3 through 21). The development of the modules is in response to Recommendation 3 of the Recommendations to Improve Intervener Services (NCDB, 2012).  Recommendation 3 is one of a set of recommendations intended to establish a strong national foundation for intervener training and workplace supports. 

The module content was created by a diverse group of experts in the field of deaf-blindness including state and national deaf-blind project staff, parents of children who are deaf-blind, higher education faculty, teachers, educational interpreters, and interveners.  Each includes a variety of accessible videos, photographs, slide presentations, and learning activities.  The modules have been guided by an advisory committee, and reviewed by a variety of experts in deaf-blindness and the process of intervention, experts in module design, and field-test participants.

Cortical Visual Impairment Online Course [CVI]

Jim Deremeik
Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center  

This course is a re-creation of a workshop on CVI conducted by Dr. Gordon Dutton, a pediatric ophthalmologist from Glasgow, Scotland, at the 2006 AER International Conference. The workshop entitled CVI - Damage to the Brain: A Common Cause of Visual Impairment in Children, is an online course broken into nine sections. The course provides participants an overview of the visual system and how it works, disorders of vision due to damage to the brain, and approaches to helping students with vision problems due to damage to the brain. Dr. Dutton provides participants theory and practical application from his expertise as a clinician working with children and their families having been diagnosed with CVI. The course is broken into eight learning modules. The ninth and last section is a question and answer forum for those who attended the Salt Lake City workshop. The intended audience for this course is any care provider working with a child diagnosed or suspected of having cortical (cerebral) visual impairment.

East Carolina University Graduate Certificate In Deafblindness

The Deaf-blindness Certificate is an on-line program to prepare educators in the area of deaf-blindness based on nationally recognized competencies, reviewed by ECU faculty, and the National Consortium of Deaf-blindness.

Hunter College Of The City University Of New York

Hunter College School of Education
Department of Special Education
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Rosanne K. Silberman, Ed.D.

PHONE: (212) 772-4740
FAX: (212) 650-3542

Hunter College offers a Master of Science in Childhood Special Education with a specialization in Severe/Multiple Disabilities Including Deafblindness.  The program is designed to prepare teachers to provide instruction to learners with severe disabilities including those with deafblindness in specialized and inclusive settings.  Emphasis is on collaboration betweem special education and general education to prepare students to improve the quality of learning and increase educational opportunities and standards for all learners. Graduates will be prepared to teach in diverse settings that include early intervention centers, specialized programs in public and private schools, private agencies, hospitals and clinics.  They will be able to serve in such roles as specialized teachers of learners with severe disabilities including deafblindness, inclusion support providers, and as collaborative team teachers with general education teachers. Tuition waivers and stipends may be available for full and part-time study.

George Brown College

George Brown College
P.O. Box 1015 Station B
Toronto M5T 2T9
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5T 2T9
Betty-Jean Reid

The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program provides an opportunity for students to learn how to work with people who have a combined loss of vision and hearing. Over the span of two years, students have the opportunity to learn how to guide, use assistive devices, and deal with the medical fragility that clients often present. The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program is unique in Canada.

San Francisco State University

The Master of Arts in Special Education is an individually designed professional degree in an area of emphasis with deafblindness being one of the areas of emphasis. This degree provides advanced knowledge in Special Education and emphasizes research and leadership skills within a selected program of study. Programs within the department provide students with an opportunity to learn and participate in scholarly research, demonstration, training, and clinical projects with faculty. Coursework completed prior to, or concurrently with, Education Specialist or Clinical Rehabilitative Services credentials may be applied to the degree emphasis (Special Education and Related Studies components), with approval of graduate program advisor.

Graduate study requires application and admission to the department and university. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for admission to the master’s degree. Refer to the department application for additional application requirements.

Texas Tech University College Of Education Virginia Murray Sowell Center For Research And Education In Visual Impairment

Texas Tech University offers distance education classes as well as traditional on campus classes for teachers interested in special education masters or doctoral programs with emphasis on a choice of orientation and mobility, visual impairment, or deafblind studies.  Some programs offer state and/or national certification upon completion.

Utah State University Online Preservice Training in Deafblindness

Specially trained to aid the deafblind, interveners have the potential to make a huge difference in the life of a child. Interveners help deafblind children acquire communication, personal development and relationship building skills in order to promote social and emotional well-being.