YEARS uses Sakai to manage
our "virtual classroom." Each course features lesson topics, or "learning
units" or "modules," which typically span one or two weeks. Each
unit introduces the topic, gives assigned readings, and lists required
activities in which you will participate. Everything you need to complete
your exercises will be with each lesson unit.
Our course demo covers the features you can expect to see in the certificate courses. Upon enrollment, you will be required to complete an orientation, allowing you to practice the online features used in our courses.
The FIRST YEARS courses (below) are offered for academic credit. The five courses listed below are taken in sequence, one a semester beginning in the fall session. FIRST YEARS course material has received Quality Matters* recognition.
Behavioral and physiologic assessment of hearing in children and how these measures are used in aural habilitation. Fundamentals of hearing instrument technology including the selection and fitting of hearing aids and cochlear implants. 4 credit hours.
Fundamentals of speech production including the acoustic characteristics of normal and disordered speech. 2 credit hours.
Typical auditory, speech and language development, impact of hearing loss on listening and spoken language acquisition, assessment, strategies/techniques, and intervention for children, birth-8 years, who are deaf/hard of hearing. 3 credit hours.
The definition, characteristics, and theoretical bases of emergent literacy and their application at home and at school to facilitate the development of literacy skills. 3 credit hours.
The UNC Registrar's Office maintains listings of academic calendars, including semester schedules. For information relating specifically to FIRST YEARS registration, see our pages on Admission/Registration/Tuition.
To learn more about mentorship requirements for students, see Participating in the Mentorship Experience.
To learn more about site mentorship requirements, see Becoming a Mentorship Site.
* This logo recognizes that course material has met FIPSE Quality Matters review standards. The Quality Matters program is a faculty-centered peer course review Quality Assurance process. Review criteria are linked to external standards; criteria and process are supported through instructional design principles; and the process is vetted by faculty experts.
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