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M.A. in Sign Language Education

Overview

Web: ASL

Kenneth De Haan, Program Director

Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1217

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.

Please complete the following requirements as outlined on the Graduate Admissions website:

  • Online graduate application
  •  Goal statements
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a relevant field of study: ASL (or other signed languages), Deaf Studies, Linguistics, or Bilingual Education. If a candidate does not possess a degree in a relevant field of study, the following may be considered:
    • Candidates who can demonstrate with a transcript of cumulative elective courses taken that are equivalent to a degree in a relevant field of study may be considered.
    • A Bachelor’s degree and experience of at least 1,350 hours (approximately 5 years) of language instruction with language courses within secondary or post-secondary institutions may be considered.
    • A MASTER Certification from ASLTA may be considered.
  • Submission of all official postsecondary transcript(s)
  • A minimum of 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study
  • Three names of references

Mail the official transcript(s) to:
Graduate Admissions
Kendall Hall 101
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington DC 20002

-Applications to open on August 16

-Applications to close by the end of February 

*Students are admitted to the Sign Language Education masters program once a year, with the program starting online mid-May.

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Online Video interview. The direct link for the online video interview will be sent to you after you have officially applied to the program. The interview can be taken at any day or time and location with high-speed internet.
ASLPI Requirement 

Students who teach ASL will be required to receive a level of 4 from the ASLPI in order to graduate. Students who teach other signed languages will be required to receive a level of 3+
on the ASLPI in order to graduate.
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Courses & Requirements

Summer I (Hybrid - Online, then On Campus) (15 Credits)

ASL 709: Sign Language Media Production can be waived with extensive media, film and editing experience. Contact us for more details at masled@gallaudet.edu.

 

Fall I (Online) (7 Credits)

Candidates with extensive experience may request to forgo Practicum by submitting an application, however, an Internship is required. To be eligible to submit an application, one must:

  • Have at least 1,620 hours (approximately 6 years) of sign language instruction with language courses within secondary or post-secondary institutions, as described below:
    • Have at least 810 hours (approximately 3 years) of language instruction in both basic and advanced sign language courses.
    • Have at least 810 hours (approximately 3 years) of curricular and course development for advanced sign language courses.

Deadline for the Practicum waiver is July 15.

In addition: Students who meet the criteria and are eligible to submit an application must procure and provide their best sample lesson plan, syllabus, and assessment tool. They also must obtain grades of A- or above for their first Summer courses.

Spring I (Online) (7 Credits)
Summer II (Hybrid - Online, then On Campus) (12 Credits)
Program Electives

*ASL 709 and ASL 752 may not be required for students with extensive media, film, and editing experience and/or extensive teaching experience.

 
 
 

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