The objective of the Services to the Deaf concentration is to prepare students to work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals.  The academic program is structured to provide students with the specialized knowledge and sign language skills that will enable them to provide services in a broad spectrum of private, state, federal, and community agencies.

Services to the Deaf -- a unique program at ECU!

ECU is the only university in the state of Oklahoma to offer a Human Services Counseling- Services to the Deaf Degree program and one of only three nationally.  The Services to the Deaf Program was established to prepare students, both hearing and Deaf, to work with individuals within the Deaf community.

Students have numerous opportunities to gain knowledge of American Sign Language, and experience the rich and vibrant interactions with the Deaf community and Deaf culture through various activities such as volunteering at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, participation in Silent Friends Club, and Deaf Awareness Day.

With a Counseling Services to the Deaf Degree, graduates can work within the Public & Private Sectors of the Federal, State and Local Agencies as . . .

  • Human Services Case Manager
  • Human Services Job Coach
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Employment Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Bereavement Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Religious/Ministerial Specialist
  • Referral Agency Interpreter
  • Video-Relay Interpreter
  • K-12 Interpreter
  • Post-Secondary Interpreter
  • Technology Center Interpreter
  • Youth Guidance Specialist
  • Para/Professional/Educational Interpreter

Services to the Deaf Program Coordinator:

Lisa Sheffield, MSHR, QA V
Instructor, Counseling Services to the Deaf Program
Office: 221A Horace Mann
Phone: (580)559-5307

Services to the Deaf - Minor Requirements

Minor in Services to the Deaf - 260E

ASLHR  2613  American Sign Language I
ASLHR  3063  American Sign Language II
ASLHR  4703  American Sign Language III
ASLHR  4733  American Sign Language IV
HURES  2153  Introduction to Deafness
HURES  3103  Psych-Soc Aspects of Deafness
HURES  3133  Introduction to Audiology
Minimum Total Hours                  21

Minor in Interpreting- 260F

HURES 4763 Interpreting I

HURES 4934 Human Services Practicum


Choose 2 of the following:

ASLHR 3163 Fingerspelling & Conversational Sign

HURES 3203 Vocational Testing & Evaluation

HURES 3763 Group Processes & Practice

Five hours of electives approved by a Counseling Services to the Deaf Advisor.

Minimum Total Hours 18


Interpreting Minor Prerequisites:

ASLHR 2613 American Sign Language I

ASLHR 3063 American Sign Language II

ASLHR 4703 American Sign Language III

ASLHR 4733 American Sign Language IV