Mid-Plains Professional Upgrade Partnership – Interdisciplinary Preparation in Deaf Education and Speech-Language Pathology
The MPUP-IP project is designed to address the critical shortage of highly qualified practitioners who serve children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) in Nebraska and the surrounding Mid-Plains states*. The MPUP-IP project will provide specialized, interdisciplinary training to at least 30 scholars who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in either Deaf Education or Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. MPUP-IP scholars will work primarily as itinerant practitioners and consultants on professional teams, and thus, require strong collaborative and consultative skills. Through the MPUP-IP project, scholars in the Deaf Education and Speech-Language Pathology programs will engage in a variety of collaborative and interprofessional learning activities (e.g., shared courses, partner and group assignments, collaborative field experiences, educational summer seminars, etc.) focused around children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the goal of developing strong and effective interdisciplinary team-based skills that will positively impact the developmental, educational and postsecondary outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
* Students from other states are also eligible.
The Importance of Interdisciplinary Training
Best practice indicates that services are most effective if provided within the context of team-based interdisciplinary collaboration among qualified personnel who share a range of expertise. TODs and SLPs often work together in a variety of educational and clinical settings serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and therefore, must be prepared to effectively collaborate with one another and other team members to provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing access to quality language, learning and academic opportunities.
A History of Excellence
The UNL Deaf Education and Speech-Language Pathology programs have long histories of providing quality training to teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists over the years. UNL's SLP Master's program currently ranks No. 20 out of 249 graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology by the U.S. News & World Report. According to The Best Colleges Survey, UNL currently ranks No. 17 in Online Master's Programs in Special Education, which includes the Deaf Education program, and ranks No. 39 out of 392 schools in graduate education according to the U.S. News & World Report.
What does the MPUP-IP project cover?
Students who are accepted for funding under the MPUP-IP project will receive the following:
- Tuition assistance for 40 graduate credits. (Students are responsible for books, fees and remaining program credits.)
- A personal copy of the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual – 7th Edition
- Travel expenses to the pre- and post- MPUP-IP Summer Institutes (in Lincoln, Nebraska)
- Coaching from a TOD or SLP mentor
- Membership to a TOD or SLP professional organization upon completion of the program
The MPUP-IP project has aligned all coursework, assignments, and practica experiences with each program's corresponding national field standards or competencies. For the Deaf Education program, these are the CEC Initial Specialty Set for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Revalidated 2018). For the SLP program, these are the ASHA Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (effective 2020). Additionally, both programs have aligned the standards and assessments required for their individual state (Nebraska) certification endorsements with their corresponding field standards (CEC and ASHA) to ensure they reflect the same competencies. All scholars will be evaluated according to a modified version of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.
MPUP-IP Required Programs of Study and Shared Coursework
|Deaf Education Program
|Speech-Language Pathology Program
|SPED 201: Intro into Exceptional Children||3|
|SPED 212: SPED Assessment||3||Varies by student|
|SPED 414: Instructional Methods of Students with Math Disabilities||3|
|SPED 454: Behavior Management||3|
|Su 1||SLPA 850: Educational Audiology||3||SLPA 850: Educational Audiology||3|
|SPED 896D-Sec. 601: Directed Field Experience – DHH & SLP Teaming||1||SPED 896D-Sec. 601: Directed Field Experience – DHH & SLP Teaming||1|
|SPED 876: Normal Language Development||3||SLPA 870: Evidence-Based Practices||2|
|SPED 896D-Sec. 602 (3): Directed Field Experience DHH – Observations, Tutor, and Group||3|
|MPUP-IP Summer (Pre) Institute (on-campus)||MPUP-IP Summer (Pre) Institute (on-campus)|
|F 1||SPED 872: Characteristics of DHH||3||SPED 872: Characteristics of DHH||3|
|SPED 860: Issues in Early Childhood SPED||3||SLPA 862: Cognition & Language in Adults||3|
|Field Experience - DHH Survey Observations cont.||SLPA 874: Clinical Decision Making I||2|
|SLPA 897B: On-Campus Clinic||1|
|Sp 1||SPED 874: Language Arts and Literacy||4||SLPA 967: Motor Aspects of Verbal Communication||5|
|SPED 8810: Research Methods in SPED (UNO)||3||SLPA 864: Language Disorders, age 5-21||4|
|Field Experience – DHH Survey Observations cont. & DHH Tutoring or Group (w/Teaming)||SLPA 897B: On-Campus Clinic (w/Teaming)||1|
|Su 2||SLPA 875: Clinical Decision-Making & Counseling II||2||SLPA 875: Clinical Decision-Making & Counseling II||2|
|SPED 875: Itinerant Teaching Methods||3||SPED 875: Itinerant Teaching Methods||3|
|Field Experience – DHH Tutoring or Group (w/Teaming)||SLPA 897B: On-Campus Clinic (w/Teaming)||1|
|F 2||SPED 873: Content Methods for DHH||3||SLPA 886: AAC||3|
|Field Experience - DHH Tutoring or Group (w/Teaming)||SLPA 982: Acquired Brain Injury (Adult Elective)||1|
|SLPA 966/966L: Swallowing Disorders and Lab||3|
|SLPA 897C: On-Campus Clinic (w/Teaming)||3|
|Sp 2||SLPA 884: Speech and Language Development for DHH||3||SLPA 884: Speech and Language Development for DHH||3|
|SPED 897: Student Teaching (w/Teaming)||3||SLPA 897G: Student Teaching (w/Teaming)||3|
|Su 3||SLPA 897E: Medical Externship||1|
|MPUP-IP Summer (Post) Institute (on-campus)||MPUP-IP Summer (Post) Institute (on-campus)|
|Interdisciplinary Coursework Credits||15||Interdisciplinary Coursework Credits||15|
|Total Program Credits||49*||Total Program Credits||48*|
*Credits may vary depending on the number of equivalent deficiency and/or content courses a student enters the program with.
Notes: Italicized text indicates required activities students will be completing at that time.
Deaf Education Field Experiences and Student Teaching
All students pursuing an endorsement in deaf education are required to complete a range of field experiences with students who are DHH across age levels and settings prior to beginning their student teaching. Student teaching may be completed on the job, but must include a range of DHH students at different age/grade levels (e.g., early intervention, preschool, elementary, middle, and high school) and be supervised by an 'on the ground' Teacher of the Deaf (Mentor Teacher).
All students pursuing an endorsement in deaf education must pass a sign language proficiency evaluation (e.g., SLPI, ASLPI, or another nationally/regionally approved sign language assessment) in order to begin their student teaching. Students must arrange to have their sign skills evaluated by the semester prior to when they are scheduled to begin their student teaching and submit their evaluation scores/documentation to Dr. Thomas in order to receive approval for student teaching. Most students obtain proficiency by taking four college-level courses of ASL (locally or online). Information about the sign language proficiency evaluation can be found here. A list of resources for developing ASL skills can be found here.
Who Should Apply?
Students who are interested in pursuing a Master's degree and endorsement in Deaf Education or a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology who would like to receive specialized, interdisciplinary training focused on improving the developmental, educational and post-secondary outcomes of children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Please Note: Students interested in pursuing an endorsement in teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing must hold a current and valid teaching certificate in their state in a specified content area (e.g., special education, elementary education, secondary English) or a speech-language pathology school clinical certificate. Students interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology must hold an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology to be accepted to UNL's graduate degree program. A student who has an undergraduate degree in an area other than speech-language pathology must complete required coursework as outlined on the lateral-entry webpage. To be accepted to MPUP-IP, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and perform above the 16th percentile on each measure of the GRE (SLP applicants only). *Please note the GRE requirement has been temporarily suspended for all students applying for the Jan. 15, 2021, deadline. Please visit the Deaf Education and Speech-Language Pathology program webpages for more information about these programs.
How do I apply for the MPUP-IP project?
To apply to the MPUP-IP project, you will complete the same application process as you would for admission to the Special Education (Deaf Ed. applicants) or Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. Once admitted to your respective program, you will be invited to apply for the MPUP-IP project by providing a written statement of why you are interested in receiving specialized interdisciplinary training in working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
As part of your application, you will be asked to submit the following:
- Online application
- TOEFL scores (International students only) (Institution code = 6877; Department code = 77)
- Financial Resource Certification (International students only)
You must also be prepared to enter or upload the following:
- Statement of purpose/goals
- Prerequisite courses
- GRE scores* (Institution code = 6877; Department code = 0620) - official score report must be sent. *Only required for SLP master's program. Please note: The GRE requirement has been temporarily suspended for all applications for enrollment beginning in Summer 2021.
- Names and contact information for three references of your choosing. (The system will automatically email the specified people and request that each complete the recommendation and upload a letter of reference.)
- Assistantship / Fellowship application (optional)
- Writing sample (optional)
Application Deadlines for Master's Program
January 15 and May 1Apply Online Today