Highlights, Special Features and Opportunities
Education majors can get involved in student clubs and organizations, enrichment programs and work study opportunities.
"Opportunities like SCEC and going to the National CEC convention was a wonderful opportunity. I had professional development in a pre-professional setting."
— Elayna DeHaan, Class of 2012, Elementary Special Education Teacher
Come join SCEC! Special Education majors are welcome and needed. This student-run organization promotes professional development of its members in serving children, youth, and adults with exceptionalities. Meet new people, connect for fun and friendship, and be part of a group working for a worthy cause.
Every education major is welcome — join AUEA! This organization prides itself on community service, professional development and social activities. Each year members participate in a variety of activities including: marching in the Viking Days homecoming parade, hosting a Student Teacher Panel, partnering with classrooms throughout the area to work with children, assisting the local SDEA/NEA organization with information distribution, staying informed on trends in national, state and local educational issues, attending the state and national conference with other college students from around the country, and sponsoring an annual book fair for the entire Augustana campus.
The Augustana University Deaf Awareness organization welcomes any Augustana University student who has an interest in promoting the Deaf Community and American Sign Language (ASL). This organization works to create an awareness about Deaf Culture and ASL through a variety of activities. They sign songs at various places during the Christmas season. They decorate a float for the homecoming parade and sign a song while sitting on the float during the parade. In the spring they host a performance called "Burst of Sign," which includes a variety of signed songs, skits, ABC stories, and signed children's stories.
The ultimate goal of the Augie Access program is to increase independent living skills through educational and inclusive experiences, improve employment outcomes so that all participants can work towards competitive employment, and to help students achieve their personal goals. Students also have the option to live on campus in one of the residence halls.
Support needs are met through the use of Peer (or Social) Navigators who assist students in a variety of ways, such as companionship, orientation and mobility around campus, attending events, and helping to find other means of natural supports.
Language Enrichment Camp
The Summer Enrichment Program is designed to provide students an opportunity to socialize with other Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. The four weeks of thematic based units provided a language rich environment in which students use expressive and receptive skills to communicate with hearing and Deaf staff members. Students are encouraged to utilize sign language during peer to peer interactions. Deaf role models on staff as well as guest readers and volunteers are used to promote and teach Deaf culture. For some students this is their only opportunity to interact with other students with a hearing loss.
ASL (American Sign Language) Lab
"I chose Augie because my high school ASL teacher, who is Deaf, recommended I go there. Augustana University is the best choice for Sign Language Interpreting because you learn and perfect the skills needed to interpret and you will have confidence in those skills."
— Mychal Hadrich, Class of 2012
Augustana University has a state-of-the-art computer lab that is used by all ASL students and Sign Language Interpreting majors.
Sign Language Interpreting courses are offered is this dynamic lab where students have an opportunity to hone their skills. The SANS Sony Soloist system allows for convenient click-of-a-button completion of assignments. This interactive technology suite, designed specifically for ASL and Interpreter Training applications, includes the Sony Virtuoso ASL Instructor Control Software and the Sony Soloist® ASL Digital Comparative Recorder Software for each student. Both components include high quality video cameras providing clear visual communication between the instructor and all of the students, a selected student, or several students working together.
Our lab is staffed 40 hours per week with Deaf individuals ready and waiting to assist you with any homework concerns or questions. The ASL Lab is open convenient student-friendly hours evenings and weekends in order to be flexible for your schedule.
What a great way to make a living! Wonderful working conditions for education students are available through the Augustana University Work Study Program. Contact Financial Aid for more information.