For Local Students


Some of you are interested in staying locally during the year and taking on a more intensive fall/spring schedule in order to graduate the following May, with one or two courses left during the summer.  This is a sample format you can follow.  Please note that some courses can be taken during different semesters during the which will be noted with an asterisk at the end of the course.  

IMPORTANT:  Space is not guaranteed in DST courses during the fall/spring.  Please contact the chair/director of the Deaf Studies Masters program for permission to be added into DST courses (e.g. DST 705, 710 and 714).  One way to ensure your spot in DST courses during the year is to apply and be accepted into the Deaf Studies certificate program.  More details below.  

Summer I:
-ASL 709 Sign Language Media Production (3)
-ASL 724 Sign Language Linguistics for Sign Language  Instructors (3)
-ASL 741 Methods of Sign Language Teaching (3)
-ASL 743 Curriculum Development for Sign Language  Instruction (3)
-ASL 750 Assessing Sign Language Skills (3)
-->15 credits

Fall I:
-LIN 510 Introduction to First and Second Language Acquisition (3) (ONLINE)
-ASL 752 Sign Language Practicum* (3)
-ASL 762 Seminar in Sign Language Teaching* (3) (ONLINE)
-DST 705 Sign and the Philosophy of Language (3)
-->12 credits

Spring I:
-ASL 770 Sign Language Planning and Advocacy (3) 
-ASL 790 Sign Language Teaching Internship* (3)
-DST 710 Literary Traditions in the Deaf Community (3)
-DST 714 Critical Pedagogy (3)
-->12 credits

Summer II**
-ASL 795 Special Topics in ASL and Deaf Studies Digital Media and Marketing (3)
...and if not taken in the Spring, -DST 710 Literary Traditions in the Deaf Community (3) or DST 714 Critical Pedagogy.

*ASL 752 and 790 can be taken during the summer, fall or spring.  ASL 762 can be taken during the fall or spring.
**Must be 6 credits or less if you want to march in commencement in May prior to Summer II.  

Interested in Deaf Studies Certificate program?  You would receive a Deaf Studies certificate on top of your Masters in Sign Language Education degree.  This will require three additional courses (9 credits) on top of your MA-SLED studies.  With that in mind, due to the intensive nature of the program, you may not be able to participate in commencement early (as in a year from start of the MA-SLED program in May).  Click on this link to take you to the requirements for a Deaf Studies Certificate:

Deaf Studies Certificate program contacts:
Chair of ASL & Deaf Studies program:  Dr. H-Dirksen Bauman (
Coordinator of Deaf Studies Masters program:  Dr. Gene Mirus (

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