SWCID - SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf

Paraprofessional in Deaf Education

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Certificate Level I
Paraprofessional in Deaf Education
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The Paraprofessional in Deaf Education Certification program is offered for students who desire to enter employment directly after completion of this two semester program.teaching

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Careers include Classroom instruction in an aide position in classes with hard of hearing students. 


  • classroom aide
  • dormitory supervisory personnel
  • recreational aide

Employment Locations 

  • Classrooms for the deaf or hard of hearing
  • dormitory facilities for the deaf or hard of hearing
  • recreational / physical education classes for the deaf or hard of hearing

Program Duration:  Two semesters. Additional semester(s) of basic skills courses may be required depending on student’s prior training/education.



  • ENGL 0313
  • ENGL 0323
  • MATH 0302
PDE “Skills” Courses-Grade Requirements:
  • PDE majors are required to pass all SLNG and CDEC courses with a grade of “C” or better. PDE majors making a grade of “D” or below on any of these courses will be required to repeat the course.
  • Taking the Program Entrance Test determining qualification to enroll in the PDE major and appropriate placement in ENGL 0300 and/or ENGL 0303



First Semester
Course Semester Hours
SLNG 1317 3
SLNG 1373 3
CDEC 1313 3
ETWR 1371 3
POFI 2301 3
Total 16

Second Semester
Course Semester Hours
SLNG 1318 3
SLNG 1346 3
SLNG 1344 3
CDEC 22861 2
CDEC 2341 3
Total 14
Total Hours 30

One Capstone course. Students must provide their own transportation to and from internship sites.


Course Information: SWCID Catalog

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