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Certificate in Teaching Students with Hearing Loss

  • The certificate programme will allow teachers to have greater knowledge of the impact of hearing loss on learning and the approaches in supporting these students in the classroom. The landscape in the education for students with hearing loss has changed with a new initiative of including students who use sign language in the mainstream schools. To level up the skills and knowledge of the teachers in mainstream and special education schools, we recognise the need to provide opportunities for teachers to deepen their knowledge and teaching pedagogy.

    The programme aims to:

    • To develop greater knowledge of appropriate supports for students with hearing loss in the classroom.
    • To understand the development of language and social emotional needs in students with hearing loss.
    • To deepen the understanding of teaching approaches to support communication, language and literacy learning.
  • This certificate programme is for:

    1. Teachers with a teaching qualification (e.g. Diploma in Education, Diploma in Special Education) or equivalent
    2. OR

    3. Education interpreters (employed by SADeaf) with a local polytechnic diploma or an ‘A’ level certificate or plus a letter of recommendation from their respective school principals before gaining admission into the programme. The education interpreters must have a minimum of 1 year experience in supporting students with hearing loss in the school.
  • This certificate consists of five courses totaling 9 academic units (AUs) which is equivalent to 117 hours. These courses provide participants on the essential practices and theories on teaching students with hearing loss, therefore, participants have to fulfill all courses.

    Course Code Title No. of AUs
    IEC0109
    Introduction to Education for Students with Hearing Loss 1
    IEC0110 Educational Audiology 2
    IEC0111 Language and Social Emotional Development of Students with Hearing Loss 2
    IEC0112 Supporting Students with Hearing Loss in the Classroom 1
    IEC0113 Specialised Teaching Approaches 3


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  • IEC0109 Introduction to Education for Students with Hearing Loss

    This course aims to provide participants with a general introduction to history and evolution of hearing loss (HL) education in the local and global context.


    IEC1010 Educational Audiology

    This course provides participants with the audiological knowledge and skills needed in supporting and maximising student’s auditory potential in various settings. It introduces the functions of the various parts of the ear and the physics of sound.


    IEC0111 Language and Social Emotional Development of Students with Hearing Loss

    This course provides participants an understanding of current thinking and theories of language development and social emotional development. Participants will be provided with an overview of main issues concerning with the processes of language acquisition in typically-developing students.


    IEC0112 Supporting Students with Hearing Loss in the Classroom

    This course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to implement appropriate support, accommodations and modifications for students with hearing loss in the classroom. This would entail the selection of appropriate communication strategies for use with students in a classroom setting.


    IEC0113 Specialised Teaching Approaches

    Participants will explore contemporary theories and practices of oral and signing approaches of language and literacy learning. Participants will focus on developing and implementing classroom methods and strategies for language teaching and assessment. They will develop practical competence in the use of signing or oral language approaches for pedagogical purposes.

  • Application is through MOE’s Special Education Branch, based on nomination by the school Principal.

    For queries on course administration, please e-mail: inservice@nie.edu.sg