Applying to this Teaching American Sign Language Program


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Application Deadline

Priority Application Deadline: November 1. Admission is competitive and completed applications will be reviewed as a group beginning in November.

Standard Application Deadline: December 31. If space is available, additional applicants will be considered until this date. Please contact the Program Coordinator about available space. All admission decisions will be made by the end of January.


Please Refer Questions to:

LaNae Phillips


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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Step 1 – Apply

Apply to the UNC Graduate School (the bullets below may help you as you complete the application).

  • On the application, you will choose one of the following programs:

    • Teaching American Sign Language M.A. (Extended Campus)
    • Teaching American Sign Language M.A.: Licensure: World Languages (Grade K-12) (Extended Campus)

  • Request 2 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.

  • International applicants: please read the additional instructions below.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.

  • 1-2 page statement of educational goals and philosophy.

  • Applicants are encouraged to submit ASLPI scores as part of the admission application. While the ASLPI is not a requirement for admission consideration to the program, submitting these scores is an opportunity for applicants to present additional evidence of readiness for TASL. TASL's Admission Review Committee is dedicated to the practice of conducting holistic evaluations of all admission materials submitted as part of an applicant's file.

  • All applicants (including those with ASLPI scores) will be contacted to complete the required screening to demonstrate ASL proficiency prior to acceptance. This screening process takes places in January and there is a fee associated with this screening.

  • The application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

Once You Have Applied

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The ASLIS department will contact you about the following requirements:

ASL Proficiency: All applicants will be required to demonstrate ASL proficiency prior to acceptance to the TASL program.

Program Interview: When your UNC application package is complete, prospective students will be contacted for a program interview to determine acceptance into the TASL Program. Please note that interviews will not begin until after February 15th.

Potential Background Check: To comply with practicum agency/school requirements, students may be required to submit evidence that a criminal background check has been completed prior to practicum/field-based experiences.

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International Applicants

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL iBT: 90, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio/photo page * 
  • Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email, or call 970-351-2831