Deaf Ministries Minor
Crossroads encourages students committed to ministry to deaf persons to participate in the Extension Class Program offered by Deaf Missions of Council Bluffs, Iowa. This program prepares students for entry-level positions in Christian ministries with deaf people by offering the basic tools and knowledge for such work.
The Extension Class Program
The Extension Class Program consists of 16 semester hours of college-level courses taught by qualified staff members of Deaf Missions. These classes are offered during the spring semester. Students selected for the program spend one semester in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area, which is a national center for ministry to the deaf. There they benefit from an intensive, comprehensive curriculum that includes classroom instruction, guest lectures and field trips. Students also receive on-the-job training through supervised teaching at deaf schools and camps, preparation of Bible visuals for deaf people, and conducting worship services for deaf people in area churches.
Students usually live in special housing on the campus of Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, about two miles from Deaf Missions. They eat in the school cafeteria with deaf students. Some classes meet in a classroom provided for Deaf Missions at ISD. Most classes meet at Deaf Missions. Deaf Missions provides transportation for field trips and other group assignments.
Students pay tuition to Crossroads College, which compensates Deaf Missions for its services. Students pay Deaf Missions directly for housing, meals, and supplies. Crossroads awards college credit for courses completed during the Extension Class Program. Students who successfully complete the entire 16-hour course of study earn a Deaf Ministries Minor as part of their baccalaureate degree from Crossroads. They also receive a certificate of completion from Deaf Missions. While the Deaf Ministries Minor is an excellent program in itself, students must combine this program with another Crossroads majors (e.g. Counseling Psychology, Inter- Cultural Studies, Pastoral Leadership, or Youth Studies) in order to receive a baccalaureate degree.
Spending a semester away from Crossroads may interfere with normal course sequencing for other baccalaureate requirements. Students should therefore plan their academic schedules carefully, and most should allow 9-10 semesters (rather than the normal 8) to complete a bachelor’s degree with a Deaf Ministries Minor.
Members of Deaf Missions’ staff and other qualified personnel, deaf and hearing, serve as instructors, under the supervision of the Academic Dean.
Applications for the Crossroads College—Deaf Missions Extension Class Program must be received by Deaf Missions no later than October 15 of the year prior to the next scheduled program. Late applications may be accepted. If students submit their applications earlier, then the admissions committee of Deaf Missions will review each application and notify applicants of its decision within 15 days of receipt.
For more information
Contact the Vice President of Academics, Director of Admissions, or ASL Instructor Jane Platske at Crossroads. You may also contact Academic Dean Jose Abenchuchan of the Extension Class Program at:
21199 Greenview Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503-4190
Telephone: (712)-322-5493 [Voice/TTY] Fax: (712) 322-7792