New Early Oral Intervention program at the University of Southern Mississippi

The Education of the Deaf program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce the start of a new Master of Science program in Early Oral Intervention for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  This new graduate program was developed to meet the great demand for professionals qualified to develop the listening and spoken language skills of young children identified as deaf and hard of hearing and to educate parents to continue the development of oral skills with their children in the home environment.


This program was developed after a year of research and interviews with nationally-recognized personnel from the premier auditory-oral programs for children and university programs specializing in early oral intervention in the United States.   This will be the only program in the southern states offering a degree in the Early Oral Intervention specialization.


The USM program will be a rigorous one-year program of study with concurrent center-based, home-based, or academic-based practicum each academic session.  A portion of the practicum experiences and coursework will be in collaboration with Magnolia Speech School in Jackson. 


All students admitted into the program will be offered full-tuition scholarships and support for travel to off-campus practicum sites.  Each class of up to 10 students will begin in August and graduate in July.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 class.  Interested persons may apply online and view the curriculum and course syllabi at  (Apply under master’s degree in Education of the Deaf.) 


Program Coordinator Christina Perigoe, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Cert. AVT, CED, brings a wealth of experience and scholarship to USM.  She received her doctorate in Human Communication Disorders at McGill University in Montreal, where she had the opportunity to study with and teach under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Ling, and she earned her master’s degree at Smith College-Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, MA.  Dr. Perigoe most  recently taught in the program at the University of San Diego/John Tracy Clinic.  She has conducted workshops in early intervention throughout North America, and in Australia, New Zealand, China, and the Caribbean.   


For additional information contact:

Dr. Henry Teller

Professor and Director

Education of the Deaf



Dr. Christina Perigoe



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