American Sign Language
ASL 1–4 (Prerequisites for ASLEI BA)
Online or Face to Face
American Sign Language I-IV Courses
The University of Northern Colorado Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training (DO IT) Center offers the American Sign Language courses in an online delivery during the Fall, Spring and Summer academic semesters.
These courses are designed to meet the requirements to be accepted into the ASLEI Bachelor of Arts program. Applicants must have completed ASL 1-4 or be in progress of completing ASL 4 when applying.
The ASL Courses 1-4 are
- ASL 101 (ASL I): Introduces basics of American Sign Language and Deaf culture; designed for students who have limited/no knowledge of ASL, focusing on receptive and expressive skills in basic conversation, dialogue, and vocabulary development.
- ASL 102 (ASL II): Expands knowledge of/experiences in American Sign Language skills and Deaf culture; develops communicative competence at beginning level focusing on receptive and expressive skills in basic conversations, dialogue, and vocabulary development.
- ASL 201 (ASL III): Continues to expand knowledge of experiences in American Sign Language and Deaf culture; designed to emphasize ASL grammar and sentence structure and to develop communicative competence at an intermediate level.
- ASL 202 (ASL IV): Emphasizes ASL vocabulary, grammatical structure to develop communicative competence at intermediate level, promote awareness of cultural behaviors, rules of discourse, and explores regional and dialectal variations in ASL.
Please visit the currently offered course listing to get started.
The American Sign Language courses are offered by the UNC DO IT Center through the Office of Extended Studies.
Preparing Autonomous Practitioners Nationwide
The ASL – English Interpretation program is unique in two primary ways:
- This courses are designed to prepare confident interpreter candidates to prepare for acceptance into the ASL-English Interpreters Bachelor of Arts program.
- It has been designed for distance delivery to impact the national need for highly qualified ASL-English interpreters.
We also encourage you to visit the DO IT Center ASL – English Interpretation BA program page for more information.
ASL I-IV courses are offered online or face to face at locations in Colorado.
Contact the Program Coordinator
Course of Study
Please visit the listing of courses for the upcoming semester.
Registraion Requirements and Eligibility by State
How to register if you are currently a UNC Student
STEP 1. Go to the course link and find your course and course reference number (CRN). You will need the CRN to register.
STEP 2. Go to your URSA account to register for the course(s).
How to register if you are not a UNC student
STEP 1. Submit the Student Information Form. You will receive an email response within 24 hours.
STEP 2. There will be directions in the e-mail for finding your Bear Number and activating your Ursa account. You will use your Bear number to activate your Ursa account and register for your course.
STEP 3. When you are ready to register for your course you will need to go to the Course Listing to look for your course and your Course Reference Number (CRN). You will need the CRN number to register.
STEP 4. Login to your URSA account and follow the course registration instructions.
UNC Office of Extended Studies:
Phone: (970) 351-2944 | Toll-free: (800) 232-1749
Tuition and Financial Aid
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $370 per credit hour.
Federal Financial Aid
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Bachelor’s students require enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 12 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
More Information about the ASLEI Bachelor of Arts
Pre-requitisites to apply for the American Sign Language—English Interpretation Program both online and on campus:
- 2 years of ASL as a foreign language in high school or
- ASL 1-4 (listed above) on a college transcript and/or
- life experience
(A Deaf culture course may also be helpful depending on how ASL competencies are acquired.)
NOTE: If ASL 1-4 are successfully completed at an accredited institution of higher education, 6 semester hours may be used to satisfy UNC liberal arts core requirements.