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.
Internship is such a crucial part of the college experience for all future educators. You have the opportunity to plan daily lessons, practice classroom management, and connect with actual students. Especially for teachers of d/Deaf and hard of hearing students, it is important to recognize the need for qualified educators across the nation. Therefore, the option to complete a distance internship is incredibly valuable. While living at home as a distance intern, I was able to secure a local teaching position just days after completing my internship and graduating from the Deaf Education program. I couldn’t be more excited to start my career in my hometown! Also, I am forever indebted to all of the knowledgeable professors at UNF for guiding me towards success in the Deaf Education field.
-Shelby Watson, Spring 2018