Designed for Working Teachers or Those Who Want to Become Teachers
There are two master's degree programs available:
Teaching American Sign Language Master of Arts – this program is for students interested in teaching ASL in the post-secondary setting. It is 30 credit hours completed in 10 courses.
Teaching American Sign Language M.A.: Licensure: World Languages (Grades K-12) – this program is for those also interested in obtaining a K-12 teaching license or adding a World Languages (Grades K-12) endorsement to their current licenses. This degree is ASL-specific, but the endorsement category for language teaching in many states (e.g. Colorado) is World Languages. This program is 42 credit hours completed in 14 courses, plus one zero-credit hour teacher prep application course.
Features of Both Programs
- These programs are delivered mostly online, and can be completed in five consecutive terms.
- There are two summer terms in the course sequence. Each summer, courses are offered on campus (in Greeley, CO) for four weeks in late June-July, and online for an additional four weeks.
- Students are required to complete a mandatory online orientation course during May-early June of the first Summer that must be completed before your first online course. This course will prepare you to succeed in this mostly-online program.
- As part of graduation requirements, students are expected to complete two student teaching practicum experiences, a portfolio, and a master’s project.
Course of Study
Courses marked with ** are only required for those taking the Licensure: World Languages (Grades K-12) program.
You can also view details on the Current Program Students page.
Online Orientation – 2 weeks in May-early June
EDFE 125 Application for Graduate Licensure Admission to PTEP (0) **
EDF 500 Conceptions of Schooling (3) **
TASL 502 ASL Teaching Methods (3)
TASL 505 Teaching Deaf Community, Culture, and ASL Literature (3)
PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3) **
TASL 501 First and Second Language Acquisition in ASL (3)
TASL 503 ASL Assessment and Testing (3)
EDRD 523 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3) **
SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
TASL 593 Practicum for ASL Teaching I (3)
EDSE 509 Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities (3) **
TASL 504 ASL Curriculum Development and Design (3)
TASL 506 Contemporary Professional Issues in Teaching ASL (3)
TASL 507 ASL Research Methods (3)
TASL 594 Practicum for ASL Teaching II (3)
For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog: