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$2.5 Million in Grants Awarded to EIDE & SLP Grad Programs

A student in the early intervention in deaf education program works with a client. Fontbonne University has received $2.5 million to fund two 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. The university’s department of communication disorders and deaf education will administer the U.S. Department of Education grants.

“Children who use augmentative and alternative communication, who use cochlear implants, or who are deaf or hard of hearing need to work with professionals who are knowledgeable about relevant technology and who know how to work collaboratively with families and teachers to achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Dr. Gale Rice, professor and interim dean of the College of Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders. “These grants will allow Fontbonne to increase the number of professionals who have these skills.”

One grant for $1.25 million will help enroll 32 students in a 29-credit hour graduate concentration within the university’s speech-language pathology master’s program. This concentration will give graduates additional expertise working with children who use augmentative alternative communication or who have cochlear implants and are attending school in a mainstream setting.  The program includes a mentorship component to enhance the students’ transition from graduate to first-year professional.

The second program — funded from another $1.25 million grant — is a 36-credit hour graduate degree in early intervention in deaf education that will prepare 32 graduate students to work with young children who are deaf and/or hard of hearing and their families, facilitating the development of listening and spoken language. This project will also offer a mentorship component for students to successfully transition into professional positions.

Applications to both programs are due by Feb. 1, 2013.

Learn more about graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and early intervention in deaf education.

Photo: A graduate student in the early intervention in deaf education program works with a child in the Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing on Fontbonne's campus.