A Master’s Degree For Teaching ASL in K-12 and Post-Secondary Settings
There are two degree options for this program. Choose the one that best fits your teaching/career goals:
- If you would like to teach ASL in the post-secondary setting, you will choose the Teaching American Sign Language Master of Arts.
- If you would like to teach ASL in the K-12 setting, you will take the Teaching American Sign Language Master of Arts: Licensure: World Languages (Grades K-12) Program. If you already have a Colorado teaching license and would like to add the World Languages (Grades K-12) endorsement, you must choose this program.
The focus of this program is on pedagogical coursework for teaching ASL as a foreign/world language or as a modern language. The focus is not on learning or mastering ASL. Therefore, you must demonstrate ASL proficiency prior to acceptance into the program.
Career Options for Graduates
Depending on your interests, prior experiences and existing certifications, this degree can prepare you to excel in the following positions:
- K-12 foreign/world languages teacher for American Sign Language
- Community college foreign/world languages teacher for American Sign Language
- A variety of tutor and ASL specialist roles in deaf studies programs, interpreter education programs, and standalone foreign/modern language offerings
- MA-Only: 30
- MA with Teaching License: 42
Time to Completion:
5 terms (18 months)
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online + Summer Greeley visits: Starts each summer term
View the department's FAQs for this program.
Please Refer Questions to:
Byron Bridges, Ed.D.
ASL video calls, and English-ASL calls (interpreter provided)
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.
Courses marked with ** are only required for those taking the Licensure: World Languages (Grades K-12) program.
To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.
- Online Orientation – 2 weeks in May-early June
- 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)
- EDRD 523 Academic Language/Literacy Development for Diverse Learners in School Settings (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)
For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog: