The American Sign Language Studies Certificate Program provides students with the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language (ASL). The curriculum provides a basic foundation for entry into a career in a deafness-related field and prepares students for continued educational studies in a Sign Language Interpreter Program. 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. The program is offered part-time over a two-year period.
The job outlook for those entering the Sign Language Interpreting Field with a Bachelor’s degree based on Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Interpreters and Translators, for 2012-22 is 46%, the number of jobs in 2012 was 63,600 and the median pay for 2012 was $45,430 per year or $21.84 per hour. The potential career settings with the certificate are: community service agencies; business; other settings in combination with credentials and qualifications education, counseling, rehabilitation, and state government. The potential employer with the certificate are: U.S. Post Offices; People, Inc.; human service agencies; k-12 school districts.