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SIGN 212 - Deaf Education - Patty Ivankovic

Course:Deaf Education
Professor:Patty Ivankovic
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Hello!  I am excited to be teaching SIGN 212:  Deaf Education.   I have over 35 years of teaching experience and specialist roles in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in private and public school settings, in addition to teaching several courses (SIGN 101, 102, 013, 104, 110 and 111) here at the College of the Canyons.   This course is open to students who have completed SIGN 102 or beyond.  I am Deaf and will have sign language interpreters in each class to insure the information is accessible to everyone enrolled, regardless your sign language skills at the time of enrollment.  

Course Description

This course explores the history of deaf education with emphasis placed on educational, political, and social trends and the various instructional strategies that affect the placement and instruction of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (DHH), as well as DHH students with additional challenges. Students gain an understanding of the foundation of language deprivation and the impacts on a DHH student's education, explore federal and state special education laws, Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs), Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and the roles of Related Service Providers and support staff in the educational process.    Students enrolling in this course may be interested in careers that will allow them to work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community such as:  educational interpreting, audiology, psychology, speech and  language pathology, teaching and/or paraeducators, and any other service provider a student may need to access their education.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is primarily an in person course where instruction will be delivered through lecture and discussion.  Students will be expected to participate in group discussions and projects connected to material presented.   Instructor will provide reading material, examples of material used in the educational setting to analyze and discuss.  Guest presenters who work in the field will be invited to share their areas of expertise and may appear in person or on Zoom.  Students will be expected to utilize CANVAS for course materials, grades, and project information throughout the semester.   This course may also require a field assignment.

Types of Assessments

Students will complete and submit exams, quizzes and written assignments on CANVAS.

Textbook Information

Instructor will provide reading material and/or links for students to access materials that will be used in class.   It is important for students to have a 3-ring binder, preferably with tabs, to bring to each class.  This information will be covered during the first class meeting.

Other Relevant Course Information

Attendance is crucial for this course.  Assignments and projects will be based off of in-class lecture, examples and work.  I will send an email to the class one week prior to the start of class with additional information.  

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/23/2023 Sub#: 1599