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Web: Department of ASL
Niesha Washington-Shepard, Co-Program Director
Kenneth De Haan, Co-Program Director
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1217
The Department of American Sign Language 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
The Masters in Sign Language Education (MASLED) is a 15-month Summer/Online program. In typical 2-year graduate programs, there are four consecutive semesters of study. The MASLED program’s 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.
*The Masters in Sign Language Education program is not a state approved licensure program nor part of the Educator Preparation Provider accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Gallaudet University has not yet determined whether the MASLED program meets professional licensure requirements in other states. If you are seeking employment in K-12 school settings, you are advised to contact your state office of licensure and certification to see if our program meets their requirements.
Admissions Procedures and Requirements
Applicants for the M.A. in Sign Language Education must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the ‘Overview’ and ‘Courses’ tabs.
Please complete the following requirements as outlined on the Graduate Admissions website:
Mail the official transcript(s) to:
Kendall Hall 101
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington DC 20002
Application opens: August 1st
Deadline for Application Review/Screening: January 15th
*Students are admitted to the Sign Language Education masters program once a year, with the program starting online mid-May.
Program Specific Requirements:
ASL 709: Sign Language Media Production can be waived with extensive media, film and editing experience. Contact us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Candidates with extensive ASL teaching experience and full-time employment in the ASL teaching field may apply for a practicum and/or internship waiver. Contact email@example.com for more details.
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