Curriculum Guides 2004-2005
(Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2005)

These curriculum guides are based on the Ohlone College 2004-2005 degree requirements. Students who will be graduating using a different catalog for their degree requirements should see a counselor and/or refer to the appropriate Ohlone College Catalog (view Ohlone's Catalog Rights Policy). All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review degree requirements and/or have questions answered.

Deaf Studies
Certificates of Completion

Includes Deaf Education Teacher Aide I; Deaf Education Teacher Aide II; Work Readiness.

These two certificates are designed for Deaf and hard of hearing students who wish to work in the student life program at a residential school for the Deaf or as a teacher aide in a classroom with Deaf and hard of hearing students. Theoretical background in the education and development of Deaf and hard of hearing children, along with practical applications of these theories, are emphasized throughout the program. The curriculum was designed with input from the administration at the California School for the Deaf (CSD) to ensure that graduates of the program are qualified for employment opportunities at CSD and other programs serving deaf and hard of hearing children. Course completion in both Deaf Education I and Deaf Education II is required by the State of California for employment as a residential counselor. All courses are taught in Sign Language.

Requirements for Certificate of Completion:

  1. Complete satisfactorily the courses listed for the particular certificate.
  2. Complete at least 50% of the required units at Ohlone College.
  3. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in Major Field courses.


Course offerings for Certificate I are designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and background information on the educational needs of deaf and hard of hearing children. Historical perspectives and contemporary trends associated with Deaf Education are discussed. The focus of these courses is to provide deaf and hard of hearing students with opportunities to compare and contrast classroom learning with their own personal experiences.

Number Title Units
DEAF-191 Human Potential Seminar 2
DEAF-311 Introduction to American Deaf Culture 3
DEAF-312 Linguistics of ASL 3
DEAF-330 Educating the Deaf 3
DEAF-331 Counseling the Deaf 3
DEAF-332 Development of the Deaf Child 3


Course offerings for Certificate II are designed to provide students with the necessary training and preparation for positions within a residential life/student life setting. State regulations that are relevant to educational settings are introduced. Specific State required courses are included as are practical, hands-on experiences.

Number Title Units
DEAF-340 Recreation Techniques for Deaf Students 3
DEAF-341 Health/Emergency Care for Deaf Students 3
DEAF-342 Report Writing 1
DEAF-343 Field Work in Deaf Education 3


Many Deaf students are interested in coming to Ohlone to gain the necessary skills for entry-level employment. For those students with limited academic skills, Ohlone now offers a 3-semester work-study Certificate of Completion. At the completion of these courses students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion, along with a positive letter of reference for their employer.

Number Title Units
First Semester
DEAF-140A Lifeskills Mathematics I 2
DEAF-141A Workplace Communication I 3
DEAF-195 Occupational Work Experience Education 1-3
Second Semester
DEAF-140B Lifeskills Mathematics II 2
DEAF-141B Workplace Communication II 3
DEAF-195 Occupational Work Experience Education 1-2
Third Semester
DEAF-145B Job Seeking Strategies for Deaf Students 3
DEAF-195 Occupational Work Experience Education 1-2
Total: 16-20

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