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Teaching American Sign Language Ma (with Optional Teaching Licensure) – Courses & Requirements

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.

Summer 1

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 501 First and Second Language Acquisition in ASL (3)

TASL 505 Teaching Deaf Community, Culture, and ASL Literature (3)

Fall 1

PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3) **

TASL 502 ASL Teaching Methods (3)

TASL 503 ASL Assessment and Testing (3)

Spring 1

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)

Summer 2

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)

Fall 2

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:


Credits Required:
MA-Only: 30
MA with Teaching License: 42
Time to Completion:
5 terms (18 months)
$520/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Byron Bridges, Ed.D.

ASL video calls, and English-ASL calls (interpreter provided)


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