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Learning American Sign Language gives you the ability to connect with the Deaf community while elevating your career. In this 3-course certificate, students begin with the basics in the Foundations course, learning from interactive lectures and weekly virtual tutoring sessions. Continue building your vocabulary and signing abilities through two Intermediate-level courses and walk away with the ability to communicate and express yourself in the dynamic language of ASL.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Fundamental signing skills that will empower you to begin communicating in American Sign Language
  • First-hand practice working your way up to complex grammar and advanced linguistic structures
  • Weekly one-on-one practice with internationally-known Deaf instructors
  • An in-depth understanding of the cultural and societal norms of the Deaf community
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Courses Included

Each required course for the American Sign Language Professional Certificate is 8 weeks long, fully online, and can be taken for credit or noncredit. Please see course details for more information.

Foundations of American Sign Language

In this introductory American Sign Language course, you will learn basic ASL vocabulary and build conversational skills to communicate with Deaf individuals in your personal and professional life. Explore this vital communication skill that can open doors to a career as an ASL interpreter and help you advocate for the Deaf community.

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Intermediate American Sign Language

Ready to turn your passion for American Sign Language (ASL) into proficiency? In this intermediate course, you will continue to develop conversational fluency in ASL while learning key expressive and receptive skills. Discover exciting career opportunities in interpretation, communication, and storytelling as you learn from internationally-acclaimed ASL instructors.

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Intermediate American Sign Language II

Take your American Sign Language skills to the next level in Intermediate American Sign Language 2. This 8-week course focuses on vocabulary-building and mastery of grammar through rigorous receptive and expressive language activities. Students will become conversationally fluent in specific areas in which signers find the greatest challenges like making suggestions, sharing interesting information, storytelling, and making requests.

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Certificate pricing and details:

  • Earn 9 hours of college credit: $2,691
  • Take for Non-credit Professional Development: $2,115
  • Fees: $270 Registration Fee (required for both credit and non-credit options)
  • Duration: 24 weeks

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Courses

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Foundations of American Sign Language

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the American alphabet in American Sign Language

Intermediate American Sign Language

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Intermediate American Sign Language II

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Peter Cook

Peter Cook is an Associate Professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation and an internationally known Deaf performing artist. Using American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement, Cook has performed at numerous festivals across the country – the Jonesboro National Storytelling Festival, The Deaf Way II and at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Cook has an MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University (2011) and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology (1986).

Courses: Foundations of American Sign Language, Intermediate American Sign Language

“I took ASL through Columbia Online and it was an absolutely incredible experience. As someone who was living in Minnesota, the online course provided me access to the great faculty and wealth of information that I would not have been able to access otherwise.”

— Mariam E., Columbia Online Student
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K. Crom Saunders

K. Crom Saunders is an Associate Professor in the ASL Department at Colombia College Chicago where he teaches a number of ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies and Interpreting courses. Saunders began working at Columbia in the Fall of 2009. He holds an MA degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento (2002). He earned his BA in English from California State University, Northridge (1996). Saunders is actively developing a body of research based on the representation of Deaf people in the media and how this ties in with the history and current development of ASL and Deaf culture.

Prior to joining the ASL Department at Columbia, Saunders taught a variety of ASL and ASL-English Interpretation courses at the University of Pittsburgh (2007-2009) and at the University of San Francisco (2007). Since joining Columbia College Chicago, he has helped to further develop the curriculum in the ASL Department and ASL-English Interpretation BA Program so students have a stronger foundation for not only their capstone courses, but also their careers as interpreters. Saunders also co-developed the foundation of the Deaf Studies BA Program and currently is the Director of the Deaf Studies BA Program.

Courses: Foundations of American Sign Language, Intermediate American Sign Language

I took ASL 101 through Columbia Online and it was an absolutely incredible experience. As someone who was living in Minnesota, the online course provided me access to the great faculty and wealth of information that I would not have been able to access otherwise.

— Mariam E., Columbia Online Student

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