School for Oral Deaf Education

As the only completely oral deaf education program in New Mexico, PEI's School for Oral Deaf Education offers a unique program, for children 18 months to 8 years.

We focus on developing listening and spoken language skills in a fun and engaging learning environment. Students receive individualized and small group instruction in 30-minute increments. They engage in typical preschool activities including circle time, art activities, center-based play, and phonemic awareness skill development. Moreover, our school offers an innovative teaching plan for children who use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants and provides a curriculum individualized to meet the specific needs of each child.

With a student teacher ratio of 3 to 1, combined with teachers trained in oral deaf education, PEI's School for Oral Deaf Education ensures active student participation and high motivation. Our goal is to help all our students to develop their speech, language, audition, academic, and social skills to a level that will bring them success in a mainstream classroom setting and in the larger hearing world.

From 1987 to 2016, Presbyterian Ear Institute School for Oral Deaf Education was identified as a Certified Moog Program. Eight Certified Moog Programs worked together as a consortium to offer quality oral education for children with hearing loss and their families. While the consortium no longer exists, we continue to maintain a strong commitment to early intervention and work in partnership with families so their children could develop sufficient spoken language skills to be full participants in the general education setting.

Presbyterian Ear Institute School for Oral Deaf Education is dedicated in providing:

  • A focus on children talking and talking well.
  • A unique organizational structure that promotes independence and learning to talk.
  • Maximum access to sound through hearing aids and cochlear implants.
  • Objective driven, consistent, individualized instruction, combined with high expectations and high standards instruction.
  • A focus on pre-academic and academic subjects.

Balancing our students' socio-emotional skills, fine and gross motor abilities, and cognitive development with targeted and specific instruction is our goal for each student. Our teachers are qualified, master-level professionals including oral-deaf educators, speech/language pathologists, and early childhood educators. We enroll children between the ages of 18 months and eight years. Toddlers ages 18 months – 3 years attend half day, three or four days per week. Children ages 3-5 attend a full day, five day per week program.

Presbyterian Ear Institute Oral School is accredited by North Central Association and Children, Youth, and Families Department of the state of New Mexico. The New Mexico Standards and Benchmarks along with Performance Standards and Benchmarks for three and four year-old children are integrated into the school curriculum.

The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational programs.

Call us today to tour our school and see how deaf and hard-of-hearing children are using the most advanced technologies to open up the endless possibilities of the speaking and hearing world around them.