• Monica Rivera

Opportunities for deaf education


This year is the 55th anniversary of deaf education at Minot State University. In September, the MSU Diversity Council hosted a presentation, “Celebrating Centuries in Deaf Education: Honor the Past — Inspire the Future,” with Dr. l. King Jordan in celebration of 200 years of deaf education in America.

“Minot State started having deaf education classes in the fall of 1962. Expanding is one of our proudest achievements,” Holy Pederson, assistant professor of special education, said. “We have evolved to stay relevant.”

Minot State has a wide variety of options when it comes to working with children with deaf needs.

“The university has added a new deaf studies concentration, deaf and hard of hearing minor, and an undergrad in sign language,” Pederson said. “All children deserve to learn.”

Minot State has three different clubs on campus that allow students to connect with individuals with special needs in the community: the Student Council for Exceptional Children; the Special Olympics Club, which is open to any major; and the newly added sign language club, Sign On.

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