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Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs

Gallaudet University
Specialist Level

The program of study is designed to provide a comprehensive plan of studies that integrates basic psychology, practitioner skills, and educational planning. The fundamental commitment of the program is to develop competent school psychologists who also subspecialize in the area of deafness, whose skills will be directed to service in a variety of educational settings. The program centers on a solid core of academic and applied courses supplemented by extensive practicum experiences and a one year internship. The Gallaudet School Psychology Program functions on a bilingual campus (ASL and English) and provides immersion (socially and academically) in Deaf Culture and diversity. The program trains candidates to serve not only diverse hearing populations but also students representing diverse Deaf cultural backgrounds.

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Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at the school psychology program at Gallaudet University, a combination of required multicultural courses and content infused throughout the curriculum are used to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues. Classes are bilingual, professors and candidates communicate in ASL and English.

  • Degree Awarded:  Psy.S in School Psychology with a specialization in deafness
  • Total number of credits: 72 semester/hours. 
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: Yes, American Sign Language (ASL)/English

Student Demographics

At least 35% of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: N/A
  • Immersions: N/A

Retention & Recruitment

Funding is available through the program that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or related fees.  The focus of the funding is specific to working with multicultural populations. In addition, special materials are used to recruit candidates from CLD backgrounds along with special retention strategies.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations.

Faculty

Faculty profiles can be viewed at http://aaweb.gallaudet.edu/Psychology/Faculty_-_Staff.html

At least one member of the faculty is involved in community outreach or providing direct service to specific populations.

Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/diverse populations includes:

Bryan Miller, PhD

Tania Thomas-Presswood, PhD., Program Director

Elizabeth Gibbons, PhD