Ball State University /
Indiana School for the Deaf
I believe that my ISD experience can be summed up in this way:
"Hear and you forget,
see and you remember,
do and you understand."
As my year at ISD came to a close,
I truly understood teaching, friendships, and above all...life."
~Participant Class of 2002-2003
Ball State University, in conjunction with the Indiana School for the Deaf, works diligently to provide Deaf Education students with the best possible education through immersion, experience, and understanding.
Deaf Education students enrolled at BSU are strongly encouraged to complete a two-semester program at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD). Conveniently located just 50 miles from Ball State's campus, ISD provides an experience unlike anywhere else! While being submerged in Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL), students gain classroom and teaching experience.
The objectives of the program include...
- To provide an extended and intensive opportunity for Deaf education students to observe and model expert teachers of the Deaf.
- To promote the development of fluency in American Sign Language.
- To provide "hands-on" experience working with children and youth who are Deaf or hard of hearing to develop mastery of teaching techniques.
- To provide a variety of educational and social experiences with children and adults who are Deaf or hard of hearing, in order to become sensitive to Deaf cultural issues.
- To develop resourceful relationships with other Deaf Education students from BSU and other schools.
- To provide an early opportunity for students to decide whether Deaf Education is, in fact, the best career objective for them to pursue.
- To prepare Deaf Education students for student teaching in public schools.
- To provide residential school experience.
- To make Deaf Education students more marketable at other residential schools for the Deaf around the world.
"Everyday, I felt like I grew closer and closer to the core of what it takes to be a fantastic teacher. I was not aware of how much I have benefited until now."
"The experience at ISD has been great! I recommend that everyone in Deaf Education come to the Indiana School for the Deaf. I have learned so much more than books could ever teach."
Participant Class, 1997-1998
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