UNC's Extended Campus offers two 18-month, online graduate programs in Teaching American Sign Language (TASL). These online programs require you to attend a three 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 programs provide you with the pedagogical coursework to teach ASL as a foreign/modern language in numerous settings including secondary and post-secondary schools.
Students in both programs take all of the same TASL courses. Students in the TASL : MA Licensure World Languages (Grades K-12) take four (4) additional courses to meet requirements by the Colorado Department of Education to teach in K-12 settings.
Developing your proficiency in ASL is not the goal of these programs.
Coursework & Programs
As a student, you will select one of two programs to complete. With either program, you will start in the summer and complete your master's degree in five consecutive semesters. In addition, you will complete two local teaching practicum experiences in your area, a portfolio, and a master’s project while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Teaching American Sign Language M.A.
- 30 credits
- 2 courses (6 credits) each semester
The Teaching ASL M.A. program is approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Teaching American Sign Language M.A.: Licensure: World Languages (Grades K-12)
- 42 credits
- 2-3 courses (6-9 credits) each semester
- Obtain your Colorado teaching license (which may be accepted by other states).
As bilingual programs, 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.
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 2021 dates will be from June 1- July 16. Due to COVID-19 summer session will be delivered at a distance. Virtual meetings will be held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings by Zoom. Summer Logistics pages will be posted soon with more details.
The TASL programs include an eight week hybrid semester each summer. During the summer semester, you will begin your courses online, continue them on campus with a three week UNC campus residential session, and then finish them online. While on campus, you will be in class from approximately 8:30 am to 4:00 pm weekdays with daily and weekend assignments.
Prior to your summer courses, you will receive information and resources to help you plan a four week campus visit. Most out-of-state students stay in one of UNC's residence halls (approximately $1,300 for the month).
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 (seen in picture above).
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
The Teaching ASL programs are 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 our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Contact the TASL Program Manager: