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Admission to the PPCI Training Program

Successful candidates for PPCI will have three to five years of professional experience in their chosen field of study. Preference will be given to professionals: 

In addition to the candidate application, interested professionals should collect and send the following information/documentation:

Each PPCI class will contain 10 professionals. Applicants may indicate their preference for location of training but acceptance at another site may be offered in lieu of the first choice. Applicants who are not selected will be given the opportunity to be considered for acceptance in the next scheduled class without resubmission of documentation, but the candidate must indicate this in writing to the program director. Subsequent applications will need to be updated. An Admissions Committee with representatives from each partner site is responsible for selecting professionals for inclusion into the program.

PPCI adheres to the non-discrimination policies of both The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Smith College

Candidacy statement

All teachers and speech language pathologists who wish to acquire or enhance the skills necessary for their journey to becoming a “Listening and Spoken Language Professional” are invited to apply to PPCI. In particular, individuals who desire to improve their knowledge and skill set in facilitating the acquisition of spoken language through listening for children with hearing loss are invited to apply.

All eligible applicants are considered for attendance based on a number of criteria, including:

Accommodation statement

All teachers and speech language pathologists and others who consider themselves “Listening and Spoken Language Professionals” are invited to apply to PPCI. The program has had a number of individuals with hearing loss who have participated using assistive listening technology or sign language interpreters. Professionals who desire to improve their knowledge and skill set in facilitating the acquisition of spoken language through listening for children with hearing loss, all complete an application process.

As a result of this process, all eligible applicants are considered for attendance based on a number of criteria. One factor which weighs heavily on the selection process considers the professional’s current place of employment and his/her potential impact on service delivery to children with hearing loss who are using a listening and spoken language approach. Those candidates with greater potential for impact receive preference over those with less. Should candidates make it through the selection process, accommodation requests will then be addressed. Individuals should be specific about their access requests during the application phase so that local site personnel can attend to the accommodation needs of worthy candidates.

Program fees and costs

The majority of the program costs associated with PPCI will be generously covered by a training grant. This includes registration fees, lecture fees and associated costs for college credit and CEUs. Participants are encouraged to seek the support of their employer or other agency to defray the costs for which they will be responsible.

These include:

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