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Certificate in: Deafblindness - Preservice Training

Program Details

The Preservice Training Certificate in Deafblindness at Utah State University is a non-degree program aimed at students seeking the preparation and certification to aid the deafblind. These interveners have the potential to make a substantial difference in those who are deafblind, especially children. Professionals help these individuals develop communication skills as well as personal development and relationship building skills, promoting social and emotional well being for those with alternative learning styles.

This Certificate program is offered through the Sensory Impaired Home Intervention Institute at USU, also known as SKI-HI. This is a group dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs, their families, and their caregivers. This group, and the students it supports, strives to support the family unit as they handle the challenges of raising a child with different abilities.

The courses in this program are structured to prepare paraprofessionals, teachers, administrators, and adult service providers for aiding and educating the deafblind. The coursework won the 2007 Blackboard Greenhouse Exemplary Course Award, recognizing it as one of the top related online programs in the country.

To complete this program, students must earn eight credits from approved courses. There is an option for either graduate or undergraduate credit. Both paths required the Introduction to Deafblindness course. The graduate path includes a Children with Vision and Hearing Loss course, while the undergraduate path requires a basic Vision and Hearing Loss class and a Work Study practicum. Individuals who earn this certificate may be able to pursue careers in public and private schools, day cares, schools for the deaf, and home or head start programs.


Applicants must have a high school diploma with a minimum 2.5 GPA or a 550 GED, and submit SAT or ACT scores of at least 820 or 17, respectively.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities