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American Sign Language

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This curriculum prepares individuals to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL), primarily with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students also study the U.S. deaf community from a cultural perspective.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: The American Sign Language Career Studies Certificate leads to employment opportunities primarily as a classroom aide or teacher assistant in “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” or “Hearing Impaired” K-12 programs. The content learned and skills attained may also form a foundation for further study in numerous careers including the following: sign language interpretation, teacher of “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” children, American Sign Language instructor, linguistics, and deaf studies. With an additional year of “pre-interpreting” course work at Reynolds, students are prepared to engage in direct communication in ASL with clients in another career of preference (e.g., nurse, real estate agent, paramedic). NOTE: Preparation to become a sign language interpreter, as opposed to engaging in direct communication using ASL, is facilitated through completion of the American Sign Language – English Interpretation AAS degree.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES:Students must take ASL 100, Orientation to Acquisition of ASL as an Adult, during the first semester of study. Students must also begin language study with ASL 101 (ASL I), unless placed into a more appropriate level by the ASL and IE program head via the ASL placement test. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better as a final grade in a prerequisite ASL course before enrolling in a more advanced ASL course.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_221-640-01.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

CURRICULUM

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

ASL 100

Orientation to Acquisition of ASL  as an Adult

2

0

2

ASL 101

American Sign Language I

4

0

4

ASL 102

American Sign Language II

4

0

4

ASL 125

History and Culture  of the Deaf Community I

3

0

3

ASL 2011

American Sign Language III

3

0

3

ASL 202

American Sign Language IV

3

0

3

ASL 2201

Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English

3

0

3

ASL 261

American Sign Language V

4

0

4

ENG 1111

College Composition I

3

0

3

TOTAL

29

0

29

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language 29

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1 ASL 201 and ENG 111 are the prerequisites for ASL 220.