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Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Offered through Arts, Design, Humanities & Communication

@ Florissant Valley | Wildwood

The Certificate of Proficiency in Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language teaches introductory and intermediate American Sign Language (ASL), the native, indigenous language of the North American Deaf community. Graduates of the ASL Certificate program will be able to: carry on extended conversations in ASL on everyday topics; choose conceptually accurate signs to express their thoughts; articulate the signs correctly; order the signs into ASL sentence patterns; and, receptively, comprehend ASL at an equivalent level. The ASL Certificate is ideal for: hearing people who have Deaf family members, friends, or co-workers; those who serve Deaf clients; and for Deaf individuals who want to learn to communicate in sign language. NB: 1.STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO ENROLL IN THE Interpreter Education Program (IEP) MUST HAVE COMPETENT ASL SKILLS. TYPICALLY, MOST STUDENTS WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE ASL Certificate TO BUILD A FOUNDATION IN ASL BEFORE ENROLLING IN THE IEP. 2.The ASL Certificate is not intended to be an employment degree. However, it makes an excellent "value added" skill on a resume in any field of employment. 3.All requirements for the ASL Certificate fit within the General Transfer AA degree - students can graduate with both the General Transfer AA degree and the ASL Certificate.

Required Courses

The Academic Pathway blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

The course rotation starts each FALL semester. The required courses for the Certificate: ASL are listed below. No general education classes are required for the Certificate: American Sign Language.


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All American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty in a total immersion environment: no voice is permitted in these classes.

Flexible Schedule

This program offers the convenience of full- and part-time, day and evening classes on both the Florissant Valley and Wildwood campuses.

Hands on Learning

This program offers specialized resources and computer programs designed for learning a visual language.

Cost of Attendance

For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.

Program Career and Salary Information

Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.

The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

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