Graduate Catalog

M.A. in Sign Language Education

Overview

Web: Department of ASL

Niesha Washington-Shepard, Co-Program Director
Kenneth De Haan, Co-Program Director

Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1217

The Department of American Sign Language offers a M.A. degree in Sign Language Education. This program is designed to prepare future sign language teachers, who will provide exemplary leadership in the sign language teaching field. Students will be introduced to key theoretical and methodological issues involved in sign language instruction including curriculum development, assessment, and incorporating Deaf culture into the language curriculum. In addition, students will undertake a teaching practicum and internship under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. An electronic portfolio is required at the completion of the program, which represents the culmination of the student's academic performance.

Masters Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the MA program in Sign Language Education

  1. Will demonstrate theoretical knowledge and display competence in classroom settings regarding methodological and socio-political issues involved in sign language teaching, curriculum development, and assessment.
  2. Will produce graduate level Sign Language and English texts that demonstrate knowledge of and critical inquiry into key concepts in the Sign Language teaching field.
  3. Will recognize the importance of the Sign Language teacher as a system change agent and apply this in practice utilizing effective leadership, advocacy, consultation, and collaboration to influence change on the individual, group, and organizational and systemic levels.
  4. Will demonstrate preparedness to seek and obtain employment as a teaching professional in the field of sign language education.

Program Overview

The Masters in Sign Language Education (MASLED) is a 15-month Summer/Online program. In typical 2-year graduate programs, there are four consecutive semesters of study. The MASLED program's four semesters of study begin with the first semester occurring during the Summer, the second semester during the Fall, third semester during the Spring, and the fourth and final semester during the following Summer.

*The Masters in Sign Language Education program is not a state approved licensure program nor part of the Educator Preparation Provider accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Gallaudet University has not yet determined whether the MASLED program meets professional licensure requirements in other states.  If you are seeking employment in K-12 school settings, you are advised to contact your state office of licensure and certification to see if our program meets their requirements.

Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Applicants for the M.A. in Sign Language Education must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Overview' and 'Courses' tabs.

Please complete the following requirements as outlined on the Graduate Admissions website:

  • Online graduate application
  • Goal statements
  • Submission of all official postsecondary transcript(s)
  • Three names of references

Mail the official transcript(s) to:
Graduate Admissions
Kendall Hall 101
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington DC 20002

Application opens: August 1st

Deadline for Application Review/Screening: January 15th

*Students are admitted to the Sign Language Education masters program once a year, with the program starting online mid-May.

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Online Video interview. The direct link for the online video interview will be sent to you after you have officially applied to the program. The interview can be taken at any day or time and location with high-speed internet.
ASLPI Requirement 

Students who teach ASL will be required to receive a level of 4 from the ASLPI in order to graduate. Students who teach other signed languages will be required to receive a level of 3+
on the ASLPI in order to graduate.

Plan of Study

Program Equipment

Studying in the MASLED program involves two important components:

  • online study, which requires high-speed internet and equipment (e.g. laptop or computer) allowing you to access high-speed internet on a consistent and regular basis, and
  • intensive high definition filming and editing using Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, QuickTime and other types of Apple-based software.
Please contact the program for an updated list of required and recommended equipment at masled@gallaudet.edu

*Equipment specifications subject to change.

Typical Program Schedule

  • 9 core courses
  • 4 required elective courses
  • 2 field experiences (practicum and internship)

Summer I (Hybrid - Online, then On Campus) (15 Credits)

ASL 709Sign Language Media Production

3

ASL 724Sign Language Linguistics for Sign Language Professionals

3

ASL 741Methods of Sign Language Teaching

3

ASL 743Curriculum Development for Sign Language Education

3

ASL 750Assessing Sign Language Skills

3

ASL 709: Sign Language Media Production can be waived with extensive media, film and editing experience. Contact us for more details at masled@gallaudet.edu.

Fall I (Online) (7 Credits)

ASL 752Sign Language Practicum

3

ASL 761Seminar in Sign Language Education - Professional Preparation

1

LIN 510Introduction to First and Second Language Acquisition

3

Spring I (Online) (7 Credits)

ASL 762Seminar in Sign Language Education - e-Portfolio

1

ASL 770Sign Language Planning & Advocacy

3

ASL 790Sign Language Internship

3

Summer II (Hybrid - Online, then On Campus) (12 Credits)

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Program Electives

ASL 745Sign Language Teaching, Culture and History

3

ASL 760Connecting Sign Language Research to Practice

3

ASL 777Digital Pedagogy in the Sign Language Field

3

DST 700Deaf Studies Research Methods I

3

DST 701Deaf Studies Research Methods II

1

DST 703Deaf Cultural Studies

3

DST 705Language, Culture, and Power

3

DST 710Cultural Practices in the Deaf Community

3

DST 712Enforcing Normalcy: Deaf and Disability Studies

3

DST 714Critical Pedagogy

3

DST 733Theory & Identity in Deaf Studies

3

DST 735Sensory Studies

3

DST 737Law & Public Policy: The Deaf Community

3

DST 740Studies in the Human Rights of Deaf People

3

DST 741Development of the Transnational Deaf Public Sphere

3

DST 743Language Advocacy in Deaf Communities

3

Note: Candidates with extensive ASL teaching experience and full-time employment in the ASL teaching field may apply for a practicum and/or internship waiver. Contact masled@gallaudet.edu for more details.

Total Credit Hours: 41