Interested in Learning More?
Are you a student interested in taking courses from the Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies, including:
It is the goal of the Department to support you toward your academic goals. Interested in Learning More offers you a go-to place for important information and resources associated with the program for which you are interested.
Students who have a declared major, can choose to minor in ASL.
As an incoming UNC student, a minor can be declared during the admission process.
As an existing UNC student, a minor can be declared by:
STEP 1: Discuss adding the ASL Minor with your major advisor.
The ASL Minor was first published in the 2016-2017 Undergraduate catalog. If a student began a major under an earlier catalog, adding the ASL Minor will move the major to the newest catalog which may change major requirements and add time to the plan of study.
STEP 2: Access and fill out the Undergraduate Major/Minor Change Form.
If you are moving from an earlier catalog to the current catalog, make sure to note
the change in catalogs on the form.
Note your advisor for the ASL Minor is Pauline Ballentine.
STEP 3: Submit the completed form to the ASLIS office by:
- e-mailing the form to Pauline.Ballentine@unco.edu,
- faxing the form to 970-351-1317, or
- bringing the form to McKee Hall 114.
ASL-English Interpretation BA
STEP 1: Apply to UNC
STEP 2: Once accepted to UNC, it is your responsibility to send Kate Beilmann the following ASLEI application prior to April 15th of each year.
- e-mail the form to Kate.Beilmann@unco.edu,
- fax the form to 970-351-1317, or
- bring the form to McKee Hall 114.
STEP 3: ASL Demonstration of Competencies (DOC). If you qualify (equivalent to ASL IV fluency), you will work with Kate Beilmann to schedule your DOC screening. There is a fee to take the DOC. The DOC determines your placement within the ASLEI program. The ASLEI curriculum begins at ASL V which requires you to be conversational in ASL (equivalent to four semesters of instruction in ASL).
- If an applicant is not ready to enter ASL V, they must take the necessary foundational ASL courses (ASL I, II, III, or IV). If foundational ASL proficiency courses are necessary, it will take longer than four years (12+ semesters) to complete the program.
- If an applicant has ASL life experience (i.e. heritage signer or non-credit ASL classes), they may qualify for ASL retro-credit.
- If a working interpreter holding credentials, beginning January 1, 2020: (RID national certification, Ed:K-12, or 4.0+ (ASL version only) test of the EIPA performance and passed the EIPA written) and has 21 or more Liberal Arts credit to transfer in, they typically will enter into the Intro. to Consecutive Interpreting: Skill Development class, which begins in the summer. *NOTE Those that have taken the PSE version of the EIPA performance will still be required to take the Demonstration of Competencies Screening to demonstrate ASL fluency and program readiness.
STEP 4: Letter of Placement and Intake Interview
Once feedback is obtained from the DOC, the ASLEI application package will be complete. ASLIS staff members will review the application package and send a letter notifying you of the placement decision. If placement is into ASL V or higher, there is the option to move forward with program entry! Obtaining results less than ASL V foundational ASL proficiency is still needed.
If entering the program, you will be scheduled for an intake interview for initial advising and plan of study:
Teaching ASL MA
STEP 1: Apply to the UNC Graduate School and follow all steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts (GRE scores are NOT required for this program).
On the application, for Academic Program of Interest choose the appropriate option below based on the major you need:
- Teaching American Sign Language-MA
- Teaching American Sign Language-MA: Licensure: World Languages (Grades K-12)
Learn which major matches your goals by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions.
STEP 2: Follow all graduate school application steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts.
STEP 3: You will then click on "Submit Supplemental Items" (or log back in later and choose "Bear App Profile") to submit the following in the online application system once you have completed your graduate school application:
- Two academic or professional letters of recommendation from supervisors/teachers who can attest to your academic potential and abilities - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to these individuals.
- 1-2 page statement of educational goals and philosophy.
*Applicants are encouraged to submit ASLPI scores as part of the admission application. While the ASLPI is not a requirement for admission consideration to the program, submitting these scores is an opportunity for applicants to present additional evidence of readiness for TASL. TASL's Admission Review Committee is dedicated to the practice of conducting holistic evaluations of all admission materials submitted as part of an applicant's file.
STEP 4: All applicants (including those with ASLPI scores) will be contacted to complete the required screening to demonstrate ASL proficiency prior to acceptance. This screening process takes places in January 2020, and there is a fee associated with this screening.
STEP 5: A letter of acceptance will be sent out by UNC Graduate School in February-March 2020. Then you will be contacted by a TASL team member regarding the initial cohort advising, required TASL orientation, and details about beginning the program in summer.
Note: To comply with practicum agency/school requirements, students may be required to submit evidence that a criminal background check has been completed prior to practicum/field-based experiences.