Educators say that deaf children begin to learn only after they grasp a language. That language, American Sign Language (ASL), is the focus of Ball State Online’s graduate certificate in ASL and Deaf Culture.

ASL provides a language base through which deaf children can further grow their cognitive and academic skills and become productive adults.

Our graduate certificate prepares you to develop an understanding of how to communicate in ASL and help students learn the language they will use every day.

  • Statistics have shown that ASL (American Sign Language) is the fourth most common language used in the United States, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
  • ASL (American Sign Language) replaced German in 2013 as the third most studied language among postsecondary institutions in the United States, according to the Modern Language Association of America.

 Apply the Certificate to Your Field

ASL and Deaf Studies aligns with multiple fields of course work and gives you cultural awareness and diverse experiences and the opportunity to incorporate and apply ASL and Deaf Studies into your field of study.

You will analyze different historical and current perspectives within deaf education and learn about the impact of the laws, mandates, policies, and assistive technology and assistive listening devices.

Course Requirements

The 15-hour certificate includes the following courses

  • SNLN 651 ASL I (3 credits)
  • SNLN 652 ASL II (3 credits)
  • SNLN 653 ASL III (3 credits)
  • SNLN 654 ASL IV (3 credits)
  • SNLN 600 Structure of ASL (3 credits)
  • SPCE 646 Evolution of American Deaf Culture (3 credits)


Raschelle Neild, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Special Education-Deaf Education

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