Becoming a TDB
Although at least two other states formally recognize the role of teachers of students with deafblindness (Utah and Illinois), at this time there is no recognized state certification for a teacher of students with deafblindness (TDB) in the state of Texas (Montgomery, C., CEC- DVI-DB Quarterly 2015). However, there is currently coursework available at Texas Tech University that leads to either a certificate in DeafBlindness or a master's degree with an emphasis of study in DeafBlindness.
Two grant programs are currently available:
TDB Pilot Grant, is a state funded collaboration with TEA, Region 3 ESC, TSBVI DeafBlind Outreach, and Texas Tech University. It was originally funded in an effort to recruit and train professionals, who were part of the TDB Pilot Program, and who already possessed certification as a TVI and/or TDHH. It has expanded to include those interested in pursuing deafblind coursework from outside of the TDB Pilot Program. Ideally, interested parties should possess certification as a TDHH and/or TVI, and be working with students with deafblindness.
Collaboration and Assistive Technology for Students with Sensory Impairments (CAT-SI). The Project CAT-SI grant was created to recruit and train professionals in rural and remote and high-need areas to serve students with sensory impairments from birth to age 21. Project CAT-SI is recruiting two cohorts of 20 scholars each to train at Texas Tech University.
Pursuing TTU dual Sensory Impairment Graduate Certificate
- 8 courses: 5 needed for Certificate & 3 additional courses toward Master’s Degree.
- All tuition, books, required travel.
What’s Not Covered
- TTU application fee, transcript fees and any non-required travel.
- Any additional costs related to internship.
- 4 additional courses required to complete Master’s Degree in Special Education.
- Cohort 1: Begins Spring of 2016 in January. Grant will support 2.5 years in the prospective program. Cohort end date is May 2018.
- Cohort 2: Begins Spring of 2018 in January. Grant will support 2.5 years in the prospective program. Cohort end date May of 2020.
- Designed to be completed in 2.5 years, taking 1-2 classes a semester, including some summer courses.
- Bachelor’s Degree due to Graduate coursework.
- Must be a highly qualified teacher with a General or Special Ed certification or licensure.
- Acceptance into TTU Graduate School
- Commit to completing the program within the established timeline.
- Commit to working with students with sensory impairments for at least 2 years for each year of scholarship received.
How To Apply
- Contact Cyral Miller (email@example.com), Texas collaborative partner, for an application.
- Tuition: 5 courses needed for Certificate.
What’s Not Covered
- Additional courses needed for Master’s Degree.
- All other fees associated with training.
- Completion time varies by individual.
- Encouraged to complete courses as they are offered.
- The continuation of this project is contingent upon the availability of funds.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Most students hold a teaching certificate; however, it is not required.
- Acceptance into TTU Graduate School.
How To Apply
- Contact Lottie Tomko (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application.