Department of ASL/Deaf Studies- MASLED Program Change
Replacing special topics ASL 795 with permanent course ASL 777
Changing DST 705 and 714 from required courses to required elective courses.
Adding two new courses, ASL 745 (History) and 760 (Research) as required elective courses.
Now students are required to take at least 2 courses (6 credits) from the list of 4 electives/12 credits - DST 705, 714, ASL 745 and 760.
This program change resolves several issues:
Financial support often comes with stipulations of full-time status during the fall/springs semesters, and this flexibility allows students to register for full-time status.
State licensing requires particular courses for teaching, and culture/history is often cited as missing from our program offerings.
Our alumni often want to apply for PhD programs, and they mention that they have no research background/preparation.
DST 705 and 714 are often full during the fall/spring semesters, and finding additional faculty qualified to teach those courses presents a hardship on the department; adding electives provides our students with alternative options that will allow them to graduate on time.
New Course Proposals
ASL 745: Sign Language Teaching, Culture and History
ASL 760: Connecting Sign Language Research to Practice
ASL 777: Digital Pedagogy for the Sign Language Field