The American Sign Language Studies Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language (ASL), focusing on the uniqueness of ASL as a language, Deaf Culture and History. The program encourages students to become involved in the social and cultural activities of the Deaf Community.
ASL instruction in this program is taught through the direct experience method; no voice is used to facilitate ASL second language learning. The curriculum provides a solid and basic foundation for entry into a career in a deafness-related field and prepares students for continued educational studies in a variety of disciplines.
Individuals who intend to or currently work with Deaf and/or Hard-of-Hearing individuals in fields such as education, human/social services, community service agencies, and vocational rehabilitation benefit from the opportunity to learn and develop stronger skills in American Sign Language.
This program is a pathway to entering the Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator AAS Degree program at Saint Paul College or similar programs at other institutions.
Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN