Specialized Education Services

American Sign Language Classes
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Professions in Deafness class
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Professions in Deafness student
PID Class

Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEA)

The Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEA) major provides opportunities for study in three concentrations: Advocacy and Services for the Deaf; K–12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure; and Interpreter Preparation. All areas of study focus on the unique educational needs of deaf and hard of hearing children emphasizing language acquisition, teaching methods, and communication modes.

Specialized training in communication modes is offered through American Sign Language classes and the Sign Language Laboratory. Supervised experiences are available for student observations, volunteer work, and practicum in area public schools and other settings.

For more Information about this program, please review the academic program pages below:

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Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEA) Faculty and Staff

Below is a list of Special Education Services (SES) faculty teaching courses in the Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEA) program. Click on their name, to learn more about them and their research interest.

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Lynne Allen

Lynne was previously a classroom teacher for students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing as well as an educational interpreter, working in a wide variety of settings and with all ages.

Learn more about Lynne Allen from her Bio Page.


Frank Griffin

Specializing in digital pedagogy and ASL education, Mr. Griffin is an accomplished instructional designer and instructor. His passions include education and language acquisition of deaf children, interpreter, and deaf educator training. 

Learn more about Mr. Griffin from his Bio Page.


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Jon Henner

Dr. Henner has a passion for, Signed Language linguistics (e.g. ASL), Assessment of Signed Languages, Assessment of Signing Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, Language and Cognition, and Research Methodologies with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.

Learn more about Dr. Henner from his Bio Page.


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Claudia Pagliaro

Dr. Pagliaro has a passion for the education of Deaf students, American Sign Language (ASL), mathematics education, and/or teacher preparation

Learn more about Dr. Pagliaro from her Bio Page.

Dr. Pagliaro is currently accepting graduate students!


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Samuel Parker

Several leadership roles reflect Mr. Parker’s service in the field of Sign Language Interpretation, include serving as the lead interpreter for President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration, and the National Democratic Convention in Charlotte in 2012 and has interpreted numerous theatrical productions across the country.

Learn more about Mr. Parker from his Bio Page.