Course Duration: May 20 - Aug. 20, 2018
Registration Fee: $25 per module for North Dakota and South Dakota residents
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Registration Fee: $50 per module for any other states
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Registration Deadline: May 11, 2018

Credit Options include:

  • National Center on Deaf-Blindness Online Stored Badges (especially important for para-educators)
  • Continuing education hours for teachers and speech language pathologist (used for recertification)
  • University of South Dakota Credit (1 and 2 credit options) - $40 per credit - pending approval
  • RID and state interpreter credits (for recertification)

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 May 20 1.5
Welcome & Orientation Module May 20 1.5
Module 1 Overview of Deaf-Blindness May 20 5
Module 2 The Sensory System, the Brain and Learning June 11 7
Module 3 The Role of Intervener in Educational Settings July 2 6
Module 4 Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image July 23 9

Series 2

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 5 Availability for Learning May 20 9
Module 6 Understanding Communications Principles June 11 7
Module 7 Emergent Communications July 2 8
Module 8 Progressing from Non-Symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language July 23 7

Series 3

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 9 Routines May 20 8
Module 10 Concept Development June 11 8
Module 11 Intervener Strategies July 2 8
Module 13 Calendars July 23 10

Series 4

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 14 Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners May 20 8.5
Module 15 Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines June 11 7
Module 25 Touch for Connecting and Learning July 2 8
Module 26 Touch for Connecting and Communication July 23 6
*Note Participants taking module 25/26 must complete an extra assignment. 1

Series 5 (Mix and Match any two Modules)

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 16 Self-Determination May 20 6.5
Module 17 Social Skills May 20 7.5
Module 18 Collaborative Teaming and Family Participation May 20 9
Module 19 Accessing the Curriculum and Environment May 20 9
Module 12 Maximizing Vision and Hearing May 20 9
Module 23 Behavioral and Environmental Supports May 20 6

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 Aug. 20, 2018.


Rose Moehring (All states)
SD Deaf-Blind Program
Phone: 605-357-1439

Paul H. Olson (Only North Dakota)
ND Vision Services/School for the Blind
Phone: 701-795-2717