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Department of Rehabilitation

Concentration in Services to Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

There is a great shortage of professional in the public vocational rehabilitation sector who understand American Sign language and Deaf culture. This program prepares undergraduate rehabilitation students to work with this population and understand the unique audiological, psychological and assistive technology needs of this group. Graduates from this program enter into a variety of service oriented occupations such as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, local school districts and child protective agencies. A high percentage of the students in this concentration have been accepted into the masters program here in the department.


COMD 1310: Beginning Sign language
COMD 1320: Intermediate Sign Language
REHS/COMD 3335 Sign Language III (Medically Related Signs)
REHS/COMD 4335 Sign Language IV (Job Placement Related Signs)
REHS 4315 Psychological – Social Aspects of Deafness
REHS 3315 Hearing Disorders and Assistive Technology


Tom Shefcik, M.S., CRC
Coordinator of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Concentration
Phone: (956) 665-2295
Dr. Shawn Saladin, Ph.D., CRC, CPM
COHSHS Associate Dean
Phone: (956) 665-2291