Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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An itinerant teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing generally travels around, visiting multiple deaf and hard of hearing students in local neighborhood school programs. The itinerant acts as a link between the school and family of the deaf or hard of hearing child.

Basic Functions of an Itinerant Teacher

An itinerant teacher fulfills many roles, a few key ones which are listed below:

  • Make sure the student has appropriate/adequate support services.
  • Monitor language development.
  • Monitor auditory training and use of auditory equipment.
  • Tutoring as needed.

Common Qualifications

A review of job listings for itinerant teachers listed the following typical qualifications for employment. Not all listings required that the applicant has all of these qualifications:

  • A master's degree in deaf education.
  • Bachelor's degree in education.
  • Knowledge of sign language.
  • Knowledge of auditory equipment.
  • Knowledge of elementary to high school academic curriculum.

Books for Itinerant Teachers

Butte publications offers two books:

  • The Art of Itinerant Teaching for Teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing by Mary Deane Smith, 1997, ISBN 1884362257
  • The Itinerant Teacher's Handbook, by Carolyn Bullard.

Articles and Resources

American Annals of the Deaf has published at least two articles:

  • Luckner, J. & Miller, K., Itinerant Teachers: Responsibilities, Perceptions, Preparation, and Students Served, volume 139(2: March), 111-118.
  • Yarger, C.C., & Luckner, J.L. (1999). Itinerant Teaching: The Inside Story. volume 144(4), 309-314.

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