For more than 25 years, students majoring in deaf education at Ball State have had the opportunity to take part in a one-year residential field experience at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) in Indianapolis. The program is a joint effort of Ball State and ISD.

In this unique program, you are immersed in deaf culture and gain hands-on experience working with children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. You practice American Sign Language (ASL) with deaf individuals, gain classroom and teaching experience, and have a variety of educational and social experiences with children and adults who are deaf. You complete regular course work taught at the school while observing and modeling expert teaching in deaf education.
To take part in the program, you must:

  • be enrolled in the hard of hearing/deaf education program
  • complete SNLNG 251 and 252 (American Sign Language I and II)
  • complete SPCED 201 (Introduction to Exceptional Needs)

Learn about the Program from Students

To learn more about the program from a student's point of view, visit the program Web site created and maintained by deaf education students who have studied at ISD.