Course Duration: Jan. 15 ‐ Apr. 16, 2018
Registration Fee*: $25 per module for North Dakota and South Dakota residents. $50 per module for any other states.
*Registration is closed

The Dakota Cohort Trainings in Deaf‐Blindness were developed through a collaborative effort between the National Center on Deaf‐Blindness (NCDB), the South Dakota Deaf‐Blind Program and the North Dakota Dual Sensory Project. Through use of the NCDB-developed online training modules, the Dakota Cohort is able to provide participants with a hosted site. This site provides opportunities for online learning, participant discussions, technical support, review of assignments and a variety of credit options, including one to two university credits.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with high-speed internet
  • Adobe Connect, YouTube and Moodle

Assignments must be submitted through Word documents or PDF.

Credit Options

  • National Center on Deaf-Blindness online stored badges (especially important for para-educators)
  • Continuing education hours (used for re-certification)
  • University of South Dakota credit (one and two credit options)
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and state interpreter credits (for re-certification)

If you are not interested in receiving credit or being part of the Dakota Cohort hosted site, you may access the modules on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness website..

Series 1

Module Title Date Hours
Introduction to the Dakota Cohort Jan. 15 1.5
Welcome & Orientation Module Jan. 15 1.5
Module 1 Overview of Deaf-Blindness Feb. 5 5
Module 2 The Sensory System, the Brain and Learning Feb. 5 7
Module 3 The Role of Intervener in Educational Settings Feb. 26 6
Module 4 Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image Mar. 19 9

Series 2

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 5 Availability for Learning Jan. 16 9
Module 6 Understanding Communications Principles Feb. 5 7
Module 7 Emergent Communications Feb. 26 8
Module 8 Progressing from Non-Symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language Mar. 19 7

Series 3

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 9 Routines Jan. 16 8
Module 10 Concept Development Feb. 5 8
Module 11 Intervener Strategies Feb. 26 8
Module 13 Calendars Mar. 19 10

Series 4

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 12 Maximizing Vision and Hearing Jan. 16 9
Module 16 Self-Determination Feb. 5 6.5
Module 17 Social Skills Feb. 26 7.5
Module 18 Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships Mar. 19 9
Special Assignment Mar. 19 1

Series 5

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 20 Values, Ethics and Professionalism Jan. 16 4
Module 23 Behavioral and Environmental Supports Jan. 16 6
Module 24 Transitions to Adulthood and Community Living Feb. 5 5
Module 21 Sexuality Feb. 26 6.5
Module 27 Putting it all Together Mar. 19 5.5
Special Assignment (Nice Modules) Mar. 19 3

More Information

Future training packages (series) will be developed from the list of 27 modules based on need and level of interest.

Module content is based upon Council for Exceptional Children competencies and is supported through the U. S. Office of Education, Special Education Programs.

All work must be completed by Apr. 16, 2018.


Rose Moehring
SD Deaf-Blind Program
Phone: 605-357-1439
Fax: 701-239-7373

Sherri Nelson
ND Dual Sensory Project
Phone: 701-239-7376
Fax: 701-239-7373