Graduate project

College preparatory program for hearing impaired students at the secondary level

Today, postsecondary programs for hearing impaired students in the United States are growing at a rapid pace and more and more educational opportunities are becoming available. Most postsecondary programs incorporate a preparatory program which concentrates on strengthening the incoming students' weaknesses before placing them in the freshman class. The increasing number of postsecondary opportunities for deaf students make it imperative that the gap be bridged between postsecondary and secondary levels. A college preparatory program on the secondary level would help eliminate the need for students to be placed in preparatory programs in college. A year of precious time would be saved and students would be better prepared to take advantage of college educational experiences. The purpose of this study is to identify evidence to support the implementation of a college preparatory program on the secondary level in deaf education, to bridge the gap between the secondary school and college programs, and to indicate the variety of college prep programs used in general education. This project supports the idea of a college preparatory program at the secondary level and suggests five major components in the design of such a program: (1) selection of students; (2) preparation of special curricula; (3) in-service training of teachers; (4) recruitment of new teachers with special preparation; and (5) provisions for periodic evaluation.

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