Teaching ASL

Male Teaching ASL student signing.

The Master of Arts in Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) is an 18-month online degree program offered through UNC's Extended Campus. This online program requires you to attend a four week session on UNC's campus in Greeley, Colorado each summer. As a native or near-native user of American Sign Language (ASL), the TASL program provides you with the pedagogical coursework to teach ASL as a foreign/modern language in numerous settings including secondary and post-secondary schools.

Developing your proficiency in ASL is not the goal of this program.

Coursework & Tracks

As a student in the TASL program, you will select one of two tracks to complete. With either track, you will start the program in the summer and complete your master's degree in five consecutive semesters. In addition, you will complete two local teaching practicum experiences, a portfolio, and a master’s project while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Master of Arts in Teaching ASL

  • 30 credits
  • 2 courses (6 credits) each semester


The Masters in Teaching ASL track is approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Masters Plus Colorado Teaching License

  • 42 credits
  • 2-3 courses (6-9 credits) each semester
  • Obtain your Colorado teaching license (which may be accepted by other states).

The Masters Plus track is approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education.


As a bilingual program, course content is delivered using different modes of communication (written English, ASL, and PSE) by Deaf and hearing instructors through different forms of media. Therefore, you must be proficient in ASL (native or near-native user) prior to applying.

 Course Descriptions for Teaching American Sign Language

If a local practicum experience cannot be obtained, you may need to relocate for your student teaching. However, every effort will be made to locate local practicum experiences before asking you to consider relocating.


Summer Semesters

The TASL program includes an eight week hybrid semester each summer. During the summer semester, you will begin your courses online, continue them on campus with a four week UNC campus visit, and then finish them online.  While on campus, you will be in class from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm weekdays with daily and weekend assignments.

2017 Summer Session:

May 15 – June 2: Online Orientation
     (Required for Cohort #4)
June 12 - June 23: Online
June 26 – July 1: Break for ASLTA Conference
     (Not required but encouraged!)
July 1-2: Move in Dates
July 2: Onsite Orientation
     (Late Afternoon; Required for Cohort #4)
July 3: Start of Onsite Session
July 4: Independence Day
     (No classes but will have a planned event)
July 21: End of Onsite Session
July 24 - August 4: Online
     (Wrap Up Assignments)

  2016 - TASL Cohort 2

2016 - TASL Cohort 3


As a TASL student, you will receive an annual Summer Logistics Packet providing information on traveling to Colorado and UNC, on campus accommodations, and other resources to help you plan your four week on campus visit. Most students stay in one of UNC's residence halls (approximately $1,000 for the month) and purchase meal plans.


During the month long campus visit, the Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies brings together the ASL-English Interpretation program (on campus and online) and the TASL program to create a learning community of Deaf and hearing students.


Upon graduation, you will be prepared to teach ASL

  • In a variety of roles (i.e., ASL instructor, tutor, and specialist),
  • To varying age groups (i.e., elementary, secondary, and postsecondary), and
  • In a variety of settings (i.e., deaf studies programs, interpreter education programs, and standalone foreign/modern language courses).

To Learn More

Teaching ASL is offered through UNC's Extended Campus. Additional information on TASL's course schedule, admission requirements, eligibility, tuition costs, and how to apply are available on the Extended Campus website.

 Visit TASL at Extended Campus

African American female TASL student.

Do you have questions?

Email Greta Knigga-Daugherty at M.KniggaDaugherty@unco.edu

Two TASL students practicing in the classroom.