Welcome to CID Professional Development




Since 1914, CID – Central Institute for the Deaf has been committed to serving children with hearing loss who are learning to listen and talk. In order to support children beyond our walls, CID established the Emerson Center for Professional Development to specifically address the needs of teachers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists and early intervention providers worldwide.


We invite you to explore our best-in-class deaf education tools, training and materials. You’ll find everything you need to expand your knowledge and guide your students to reach their ultimate potential. Our mission is to help you learn more, teach effectively and lead your colleagues and students.


Curricula & Tools

Support auditory, speech and language development with complete curricula, including our popular SPICE and SPICE for Life kits.

Free Online Courses

Watch short, interactive courses covering listening and spoken language topics. All content is free to view. CEUs and certificates are available with a small CID processing fee.

Workshops & Services

Learn more about current workshop topics presented by our team of experts, or schedule small group or one-on-one sessions customized to fit your specific needs.

Free Downloads

Access free informational diagrams, checklists and more to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing improve their listening, speech and spoken language skills.

CID met all of our requests and expectations and the staff gave us detailed, precise explanations to enable us to understand the philosophy of the school. It was an extremely meaningful and helpful guided observation!

–Professor Harashima, University of Tsukuba

As an AVT who works with young children and their families every day, I have found all of the CID products and resources valuable to me as a clinician and to the families I share them with. Thank you!

–Kimberlee Crass, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida

CID online courses are a great resource for providing high quality professional development to our staff. Pediatric Audiology is perfect for sharing with regular education staff who have students who are deaf and hard of hearing in their classrooms.

–Monica Fanning, Special Education Administrator Program for Students
Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing









Recently, I had the opportunity to review one of CID’s new online courses for professionals working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. It was high-quality, open-captioned and would be beneficial for professionals working with this population.

–Marsha Gunderson, Consultant Audiology, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Iowa School for the Deaf

[Small Talk] is well organized from front-to-back with practical tips and explanations about hearing, testing, technology, language, music, reading and school. If you are a parent on this path with a child who has hearing loss, this book is a great addition to your ‘backpack’ of tools that will help you on your way.

–David Sindrey, M.Cl.Sc, LSLS Cert. AVT, Renowned speaker and author

The [online course] video examples of practice, and children and teachers in action, are invaluable in bringing the topics to life – and in helping our future teachers of the deaf understand what working with children with hearing loss looks like.

–Connie Mayer, EdD, OCT, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Teacher Education Program, York University

We were lucky enough to benefit from CID’s consultative services this school year. The teacher and related service staff were able to receive feedback…and implement positive changes immediately after the first consultation.

–Amy Sachs, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, South Roxana Elementary School

When it comes to learning from expert practitioners in the field, the CID Blog for Professionals can’t be beat! The information is highly relevant and delivered in clear, concise chunks that are easy to absorb and integrate into one’s own work with children. For those just entering the field, this is a rich resource!

–Maria Hartman, Ph.D., Student Teaching Coordinator, Teachers College, Columbia University

There just is no peer for the CID SPICE [2nd Edition] kit! EVERY DHH program needs SPICE
and SPICE for Life!

–Karen Anderson, Ph.D., Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

106 Years of Service

CID has been serving children with hearing loss since 1914.

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ASHA Certified

CID is an approved provider of ASHA continuing education.

AG Bell Approved

Our programs are approved by the AG Bell Academy of Listening & Spoken Language.


Check out our Spanish Resources!

We are working with Escuchar sin Limites to broaden our offerings in Spanish. Escuchar sin Limites is a Spanish speaking listening and spoken language resource for professionals working with, and families of, children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Check out all of our spanish resources here! 

Our new online course, Strategies to Develop Auditory Comprehension is now available!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 20th online course, Strategies to Develop Auditory Comprehension. As with all of our interactive courses, you can watch the content for free! Optional CEUs or certificates come with a small CID processing fee.

Our newly updated SPICE for Life 2 Auditory Learning Curriculum is available!

SPICE for Life 2 is an auditory learning curriculum that provides listening practice for a variety of purposes and in real life situations we all experience daily. We added a new comprehension chapter, digital access to sounds, more goals and opportunities for conversational practice and much more! Get your kit today!


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