Early Intervention in Deaf Education

Supporting successful communication from an early age

Your interest in deaf education is crucial to families around the globe facing the challenges of communicating and educating young children. At Fontbonne, our leadership in deaf education will help prepare you to succeed in this important field by combining classroom studies with real-world experience.

For families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, early intervention is the key to a life filled with effective communication and interaction. In Fontbonne’s Early Intervention in Deaf Education program, students focus on educating children and families in the critical early years when listening and spoken language development can lead to increased future growth.

Fontbonne holds the distinction of offering one of the few early intervention in deaf education programs in the country. Our highly skilled, nationally recognized faculty are dedicated to providing a rigorous curriculum emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach. We incorporate the principles and best practices from deaf education, early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education, so you can offer the highest-quality deaf education services.

Program Highlights

Continue your specialized studies at an institution with a reputation of excellence in the field.

Learn from highly skilled, nationally recognized faculty, dedicated to providing a rigorous curriculum and an interdisciplinary approach. Many of our faculty continue to work with children and families, sharing their expertise through technological advancements and innovative techniques.

The program incorporates the principles and best practices from deaf education, early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education. You can offer the children and families you serve the highest-quality deaf education services. It emphasizes the development of listening and spoken language.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Fontbonne a $1.25 million grant (H325K170008) to provide partial scholarships for students completing the Early Intervention in Deaf Education master’s program with an interprofessional focus. Learn more.

Deadline to apply to the grant and to the program is typically Feb. 1 of each year. Student cohorts to begin in summer semester. 

Field Experiences

As a student in the program, you will receive experience at local institutions such as St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Central Institute for the Deaf, The Moog Center for Deaf Education, and Special School District of St. Louis County. Many students get additional experience at sites across the country.

Graduate Experiences

Given mandatory newborn screening for hearing loss and early identification of infants with hearing loss, there is an increased demand for professionals in the field. Our graduates are currently working in a variety of areas:

  • Intervention programs
  • Educational programs
  • Hospitals
  • State and federal agencies
  • Private practice groups

The Graduate Perspective

“The faculty understood the demands of earning a degree, having a family and  working at the same time. They always made sure I had access to any information I needed for my studies and made themselves available to talk outside of class. I felt like they truly wanted me to apply what I learned. I love what I do, and I’m very happy.”

-Lisa

Funding

  • Alumni Discount: If you are an alumna or alumnus of Fontbonne University, you may be eligible for a 15 percent discount on graduate tuition.
  • Educator’s Discount: In appreciation of the services offered to our community by educators at all levels, Fontbonne University offers a 15 percent discount to qualified individuals enrolled in graduate coursework. Qualified educators include those who work at least half-time in a nursery school, a pre-K through 12 school system or post-secondary institution. A discount application form is available from the Fontbonne admission representative or program director with whom you are working. The form must be completed each semester or enrollment term to receive the discount.
Deaf education teacher working with student.

Early Intervention Grant

“This grant will allow two already very successful graduate programs to prepare early interventionists and speech-language pathologists using an interprofessional model,” said Dr. Gale Rice, professor and dean of the College of Education and Allied Health Professions. 

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Grants for Graduate Programs

Fontbonne University has received more than $5 million to fund graduate programs that will increase the number of professionals qualified to work with children with communication disorders or who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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