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Department of Specialized Education Services

School of Education

444 School of Education Building



Bonnie Billingsley, Professor and Chair of Department

Professor Bursuck

Associate Professors Compton, Hardin, Kurtts, Parker, Rock, Williamson

Assistant Professors DeNaples, Dobbins, Gillis, Hill, Jimenez, Kang, Little

Lecturers Allen, Torres

The primary goal of the Department of Specialized Education Services is to prepare professionals for diverse roles in working with individuals with disabilities across the lifespan in a variety of educational and community environments. Programs in the department emphasize the delivery of services in integrated settings, with a focus on interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration. Upon graduation, students are prepared for professional careers in public and private schools, residential settings, community agencies, clinics, and organizations. Faculty teaching, research, and service activities facilitate these outcomes.

All students in SES programs are required to demonstrate that they have read, understand, and are able to completely meet the technical standards for their programs. Technical standards are outlined in each program's handbook. All students in SES programs must have reliable transportation to and from practicum and/or internship sites.

American Sign Language Placement Exam

All students who have had prior experience with American Sign Language in high school or elsewhere must have a placement score to enroll in a 100–300 level American Sign Language course. The American Sign Language placement exam is offered at the beginning of each semester. Students may make an appointment to take the placement exam by calling the Professions in Deafness Program at 336/256-1217 or contacting Sam Parker at The test takes approximately one hour to an hour and a half.

The placement test is a written and performance-based instrument, the purpose of which is to provide a general assessment about the student's receptive and expressive abilities in ASL, basic linguistics of ASL and knowledge of Deaf culture. Each student must pass the written portion of the test before he or she is allowed to take the performance portion. Placement test scores will be valid for one year after the test is taken. The test can be taken only twice within a year and with at least a four-month interval between attempts. Once a student has started the course sequence in the ASL program, he or she cannot take the placement exam again. Each student will receive course transfer credit or a waiver for the level of courses that he or she successfully passes on the exam.

Students entering SES 101 American Sign Language I will not need to provide placement exam results since it is the first class in the sequence of ASL courses. Any other questions regarding student placement should be referred to the appropriate Language Coordinator in the Department of Specialized Education Services.

This page was last updated on June 6, 2012.