Special and Early Childhood Education
American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Certificate
American sign language (ASL), a visual-spatial language used by a large percentage of the deaf people in the United States and Canada, has gained popularity within the last decade. ASL is used with young children with and without disabilities to enhance communication, decrease behavioral issues, and increase emergent literacy.
Attaining conversational fluency in ASL would be beneficial to:
- teacher candidates in special education, elementary education and early childhood education.
- students in human services leadership, counseling and nursing.
- current teachers.
- parents and caretakers of young children and family members of children with disabilities.