Deaf Education Overview

The Deaf Education Paraprofessional program is one of four KCC education programs that prepares paraprofessionals including:

  1. Deaf Education;
  2. Special Education;
  3. English Language Learning; and
  4. Educational Interpreting.

Students interested in this option will complete an A.A. degree with special focus in Deaf Studies.

This program is designed for individuals who want to become an Educational Assistant or Dormitory Counselor working with deaf and hard of hearing students, or those who are interested in continuing their professional studies in Deaf Education, leading to teaching certification. Others who might be interested in this program may be those who would like to work with deaf children, youth, or adults as a Social Worker, a Psychologist, a School Counselor, or a Rehabilitation Counselor.

As part of a comprehensive Associate degree in Liberal Arts, students in the Deaf Education Paraprofessional program will complete eight (8) American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Education related courses, culminating in the final semester with a practicum field experience in a class with deaf and hard of hearing students.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the A.A. degree with a specialization in Deaf Education, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively with deaf children and adults in American Sign Language and English.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills specific to the instruction and support of deaf students in a variety of settings.
  3. Facilitate positive learning environments for deaf students using appropriate instructional and behavioral management strategies.
  4. Use informed decision making to function effectively in the classroom, school, local, and professional communities.
  5. Work effectively with students, their families, school administrators, teachers, staff, and other related personnel, utilizing a range of communication skills.
  6. Exhibit professionalism and ethical practices in the classroom, school, local, and professional communities.