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American Sign Language (AA)

Reedley College
4 semesters
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

Program description

American Sign Language (AA)

Students successfully completing this certificate will enter the workforce in a field that requires them to interact and work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people with a cultural awareness of Deaf Culture. Students will use the linguistic aspects of the language as well as the many facets of Deaf Culture to be linguistically competent allies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and may find employment in various settings that require the knowledge of the Deaf culture and language. Possible employment options include working as Para educators and/or Interpreting Aides in a Deaf and Hard of Hearing classroom as well as various positions in Deaf/Hard of Hearing organizations. Students will be able to take the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview to be evaluated as conversationally proficient.

Admission requirements

International Students

  1. File a completed application with the Admissions Office.
  2. Submit one transcript in English translation of all work completed in high school and college along with the results of any general matriculation or school leaving examinations.
  3. Submit an affidavit of financial support.
  4. Submit evidence of a negative tuberculin skin test taken in the U.S. not more than six months prior to entering college.
  5. Show proof of medical insurance or purchase insurance offered through the college.
  6. Submit a total score of 500 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please write to the following address to make arrangements to take the test: Test of English as a Foreign Language Educational Testing Service Princeton, NJ, USA 08540

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Beginning American Sign Language
  • Deaf Culture

Semester 2

  • High Beginning American Sign Language

Semester 3

  • Intermediate Sign Language

Semester 4

  • High-Intermediate American Sign Language
  • Structures of American Sign Language

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for out-of-state and international students: $3,480.00 per semester


Degrees/certificates: Certificate of Achievement in American Sign Language - Conversational Proficiency (CA)

Career opportunities

Graduates with a certificate may pursue a variety of jobs including:

Interpreters and Translators, Deaf Education, Advocacy, Speech Therapy, Audiology

About this institute

Reedley College

Reedley College offers an AS degree or Certificates with an opportunity to transfer to 4-year Universities. Our most notable degrees are: Business Administration, Dental Assisting, Certified Nursing Assistant, Forestry & Wildfire Resources, Mechanized Agriculture, Aviation Maintenance, Animal Science, Mechanized Agriculture...

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