The Associate of Applied Science degree in American Sign Language (ASL): Deaf Support Specialist is for individuals seeking employment as an advocate, job coach, mentor and/or paraprofessional to Deaf consumers. Graduates will be knowledgeable of linguistic and cultural aspects pertinent to the Deaf community and will have proficiency in expression and comprehension of American Sign Language. Graduates are encouraged to seek further academic studies.
With this award, you may seek jobs such as:
Paraprofessional in K- 12 setting, job coach, advocate, case manager.
*** denotes Milestone course(s).
A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program.
Additional Program Information
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in American Sign Language (ASL): Deaf Support Specialist is comprised of a combination of technical and general education courses. The degree requires 60 semester hours of designated coursework. Students must pass a mid-program evaluation and a program exit exam in order to complete degree requirements. In addition, students will acquire social, cultural and educational foundations necessary for working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers in a variety of settings. Students are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in all program coursework. The program is designed to provide the student with sign language communication skills necessary to communicate with a broad cross-section of Deaf consumers. Students interested in pursuing an AAS Degree are required to consult with department staff before registering for any SLNG classes.