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Teaching ASL in the Public Schools

This program is a state-approved concentration leading to an endorsement for teaching American Sign Language as a foreign language requirement in the public schools. These five courses focus on the skills and tools necessary to teach American Sign Language in public school settings.

Course Requirements

Required Courses
18 Credit Hours
Foundations in the Education of Students who are D/HH: History and Trends
The Linguistics of American Sign Language
American Sign Language Literature
ASL in the Classroom
Methods of Teaching ASL
ASL V: Proficiency in American Sign Language
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Application Requirements

  1. Graduate Application
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit an official transcript from every institution they have attended
  3. Copy of Teacher’s Certification or proof of eligibility
  4. American Sign Language proficiency as demonstrated by a minimum score of 2+ on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or minimum rating level of Intermediate/Intermediate Plus on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview: ASL (SLPI)*
  • Students must receive a minimum score of 2+ on the ASLPI or minimum rating level of Intermediate/Intermediate Plus on the SLPI in order to be admitted to the program. Students who do not demonstrate acceptable proficiency are expected to enroll in additional coursework separate from the program curriculum to reach acceptable proficiency at an additional cost to the student. Documentation of proficiency on the ASLPI or SLPI must be submitted with your application. Proficiency interviews can be scheduled through the following programs:
    • Gallaudet University: ASLPI
    • The National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT: SLPI

Spring Applications are due by November 15th.

Fall Applications are due by June 1st.