Deaf Studies

Deaf Studies

This certificate program is designed to give students a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) and acquaint them with basic issues of concern to the Deaf community. Furthermore, the program offers an opportunity to individuals already working in the Deaf community to increase their understanding of ASL and Deaf Culture in order to strengthen their knowledge and communication skills. 

What You’ll Learn
Upon completion of the one-year certificate Program in Deaf Studies, the graduate will be able to effectively communicate with Deaf persons in informal settings in teaching, human services, or health care; enhance their credentials for employment opportunities which do not require interpreter certification but do assign value to skills in ASL an knowledge of Deaf culture; and earn the academic qualifications for entry into advanced studies at colleges and universities offering sign language programs, such as Mountwest's American Sign Language A.A.S. degree program. See the current advising sheet for more details.

Credits Required:  33 hours

Credential Earned:  Certificate of Applied Science
Learn about our Associate of Applied Science in American Sign Language.

Career Settings
Program graduates may choose to enter an Interpreter Training Program, after which they may sit for certification examination, sponsored by the national licensing organization or may seek employment with an early intervention program that serves Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.