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UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Admissions note: FIRST YEARS is not  accepting applications. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Kathryn Wilson, Program Director,  at
Girl with cochlear implantWelcome to the FIRST YEARS Certificate in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Loss -- a certificate program committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of professionals practicing in the fields of deaf education, speech-language pathology, audiology, and early intervention. FIRST YEARS, administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, uses distance education technology to bring school to you -- any time, any place.  

FIRST YEARS targets its certificate courses to professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills related to auditory-oral and auditory-verbal approaches to therapy and intervention. Topics include: speech acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, audiological management, hearing aids, cochlear implants, classroom amplification, development of spoken language and speech production, and emerging literacy. The course readings, instruction by our faculty experts, online discussion, group and individual projects and exercises -- plus mentored practicum experiences in early intervention, educational, and clinical settings -- combine to make FIRST YEARS a unique online learning experience. Problems? Technical support is only an e-mail or phone call away. 

For more information about FIRST YEARS, feel free to contact us
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