Navigating Life for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Innovative Course

  • The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary information, resources, and opportunities that will empower students who are deaf or hard of hearing to effectively apply information and skills learned in educational, home, and community settings in order to facilitate achievement in secondary and post-secondary environments. Areas to be addressed include audiology, hearing health, assistive technology, available support services and accommodations, communication, self-determination and advocacy, and Deaf culture. 

  • Navigating Life for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing


    Unit 1: Course Introduction

    Portfolio Development

    Beginning-of-Course Assessments

    Unit 2: Anatomy & Physiology

    Unit 3: Audiograms

    Unit 4: Auditory Processing

    Unit 5: Personal Amplification & Assistive Technology

    Unit 6: Hearing Professionals

    Unit 7: Communication

    Mid-Term Assessments

    Unit 8: IEP

    Unit 9: Personal Needs & Accommodations

    Unit 10: HAT (Hearing Assistive Technology) in School, Work & Community

    Unit 11: Transition

    Unit 12: Deaf Culture & History

    Unit 13: Course Conclusion

    End-of-Course Assessments

    Portfolio Completion

Other Innovative Courses

  • The Methodology of Academic and Personal Success (MAPS) I and II Courses and the General Employability Skills Course are just two of the approved Innovative Courses that are options for educators working with high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Read more about the courses and their TEKS on the TEA Website. Note they are elective credit only.  

    Please note the following regarding innovative courses:

    ·         Districts must have the approval of their local board of trustees to offer innovative courses.

    ·         Innovative courses are eligible for state elective credit only.

    Additional information regarding innovative courses is available on the TEA Website.