UNF provides comprehensive curriculum and instruction, which prepares candidates with the skills and knowledge required to address the academic needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of educational settings. Practicum experiences take place in both day school programs and within the residential setting at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.
In addition to diverse practicum experiences, UNF offers unique internship opportunities, both within the local community and at a “distance.” Students, who perform outstandingly, may have the opportunity to complete an internship at a school for the deaf or hard of hearing out-of-state, or other educational institutions throughout the state of Florida. These National Internship Opportunities are encouraged.
“My internship at FSDB provided the hands-on experience I felt I needed in order to be an effective teacher for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. I learned how to effectively provide differentiated instruction, classroom management skills, and I gained more patience. Without this internship experience, I do not believe I would have become an effective teacher. I will always remember my time in the (UNF) program and FSDB.” –Jay Floresca, 2015
“I have one quote that I used on my cap in undergrad and it still holds true today. It's by Walt Disney; ‘If you can dream it, you can do it!’ I am extremely grateful for you all (professors in Deaf Ed program) and for UNF for allowing me to pursue my dreams to become a teacher of the Deaf! I know I am prepared and ready to tackle any job that comes my way. I will be forever thankful!” –Brianna Sobik, 2015
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