Program Requirements

Program Exit Requirement


You are only allowed one B- during your graduate studies.  If you have other grades with a B- or below in a course required for this program, you may repeat the same course with permission of the program coordinator only one time.  Receiving a B- or below automatically calls for the program coordinator to review the student's performance and may be grounds for a recommendation for academic probation or dismissal by the Graduate School dean.

You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate.  An average GPA of 3.0 is required as evidence of satisfactory work.  A GPA below 3.0 is considered to be below the acceptable level of performance and automatically calls for the program coordinator to review your performance and may be grounds for a recommendation for academic probation or dismissal by the Graduate School dean.  

Grading Distribution and Letter Grade Equivalent:
A+ = 97.6 - 100     
A   = 93.6 - 97.5
A-  = 89.6 - 93.5    (Congratulations - you passed!)
B+ = 87.6 - 89.5
B   = 83.6 - 87.5

B-  = 79.6 - 83.5     (B- grade is considered failing)

C+ = 77.6 - 79.5     (C+ grade or below indicates you have failed the course)
C   =  73.6 - 77.5
C-  = 69.6 - 73.5
F    = 69.5 or below

All of this information can also be found in the Gallaudet Graduate Catalog.  


Students in the Masters program in Sign Language Education are required to develop a professional website showcasing skills developed and honed in courses throughout the program.  Required bilingual portfolio components include:

  • brief biography
  • curriculum vitae
  • teaching philosophy and beliefs
  • sample syllabus
  • sample lesson plan
  • sample teaching demonstration
  • assessment philosophy and/or sample assessment tool
  • samples of digital presentations and/or multimedia
  • recommended resources
  • testimonials from colleagues, classmates, employers and students

Students are also required to have on hand a professional cover letter, a language proficiency score as well as national certification prior to graduation.  Contact program coordinator for the latest rubric measuring quality of portfolio content.  The portfolio is a course requirement within ASL 762:  Seminar in Sign Language Teaching course.  Please click this link for more details regarding the consequences of failing this course (and failing other courses in the program as well).     


Students in the Masters program in Sign Language Education are required to apply for and obtain national teaching certification.  For students residing in/working in America, successfully obtaining American Sign Language Teaching Association (ASLTA) certification is required prior to graduation.  For more information about ASLTA certification, please visit this link and click on "certification":

For students residing in/working in other countries, they are required to apply for national certification in their country.  If their country does not have national certification, the student is required to develop a proposal for establishing a organizational infrastructure for national certification in their country.  The time and amount spent on developing this infrastructure should be comparable to the amount of time spent on obtaining national certification.  


The Masters in Sign Language Education program is not a state approved licensure program or part of the professional programs unit accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now renamed as Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  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. We are happy to assist with this process.

We are currently exploring accreditation options with the Department of Education for a possible K-12 ASL track. Stay tuned!

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