M.A. in Sign Language Education

Overview

Web: Department of ASL and Deaf Studies

Dr. MJ Bienvenu, Co-Program Director
Dr. Raychelle Harris, Co-Program Director
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1217

The Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies offers a M.A. degree in Sign Language Education. This program is designed to prepare future sign language teachers, who will provide exemplary leadership in the sign language teaching field. Students will be introduced to key theoretical and methodological issues involved in sign language instruction including curriculum development, assessment, and incorporating Deaf culture into the language curriculum. In addition, students will undertake a teaching practicum and internship under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. An electronic portfolio is required at the completion of the program, which represents the culmination of the student's academic performance.

MASTERS PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates from the MA program in Sign Language Education

I.         Will demonstrate theoretical knowledge and display competence in classroom settings regarding methodological and socio-political issues involved in sign language teaching, curriculum development, and assessment.

II.         Will produce graduate level Sign Language and English texts that demonstrate knowledge of and critical inquiry into key concepts in the Sign Language teaching field.

III.         Will recognize the importance of the Sign Language teacher as a system change agent and apply this in practice utilizing effective leadership, advocacy, consultation, and collaboration to influence change on the individual, group, and organizational and systemic levels.

IV.         Will demonstrate preparedness to seek and obtain employment as a teaching professional in the field of sign language education.

Program Overview

We are a 15-month Summer/Online program.  In typical 2-year graduate programs, there are four consecutive semesters of study.  Our four semesters of study begin with the first semester occurring during the Summer, the second semester during the Fall, third semester during the Spring, and the fourth and final semester during the following Summer.

Students begin the program mid-May online, then arrive on campus for approximately a month for required face-to-face courses during the summer. 

The final set of summer courses begin online in mid-May, and require on-campus presence for at least a month during the summer. Please contact us for more details at masled@gallaudet.edu.

*The Masters in Sign Language Education program is not a state approved licensure program or part of the Educator Preparation Providers unit accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). If you are seeking employment in K-12 school settings, you would be best advised to contact your state office of licensure and certification to see if our program meets their requirements.