American Sign Language

The American Sign Language program is taken part-time over a two-year period. Graduates will be prepared and/or meet prerequisites for an Interpreter program, have sign language skills to work and communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people, meet World Language requirements at the high school and college/university level, and meet entrance requirements for undergraduate or graduate programs in ASL Studies.

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.

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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.

American Sign Language Career Information

Kathy Krier, Instructor

Jen Rancour, Recruitment & Admissions Specialist