print header
Earning the American Sign Language Certificate provides an additional academic credential to your undergraduate degree. Once completed, the certificate will become a part of your permanent academic record – and it’s a nice addition to your resume!

Certificate in American Sign Language (ASL)

The Certificate in American Sign Language (ASL) provides official recognition to UW-Eau Claire students for having completed a concentration in ASL. Once requirements have been met, the Certificate will be noted on the student's permanent academic record, verifying a level of competency in the language to complement the student's major or minor areas of study.

The goals of the certificate are that students will develop a depth of knowledge and skill in the language, appreciate the distinct culture and respect the social norms of the Deaf community, and apply semantic and/or linguistic elements of ASL in their use of the language.

Requirements for the Certificate

Students must complete 15 credits of course work beyond CSD 101, ASL I.

CSD 101  American Sign Language I  (3 cr.)


CSD 102  American Sign Language II  (3 cr.)
CSD 103  American Sign Language III  (3 cr.)
CSD 210  Cultural Perspectives of the Deaf  (3 cr.)

And 2 of the following 3 courses:
CSD 201  American Sign Language IV  (3 cr.)
CSD 301  American Sign Language Semantics  (3 cr.)
CSD 302  American Sign Language Linguistics  (3 cr.)

Minimum Grade Point Average

Students must earn a minimum 2.6 grade point average in the required coursework to be eligible to earn the certificate.

Previously earned credits may be applied to the certificate. The certificate was approved for the first time in the spring semester, 2013. Currently enrolled students may earn the certificate; however, no certificates will be awarded retroactively.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits must be evaluated by the ASL faculty to determine equivalency. Students who have taken ASL in high school or through another college or university can meet with an instructor for an assessment of skills for the purpose of course placement. At least half of the credits applied toward completion of the certificate must be earned through UW-Eau Claire.

Filing for the Certificate

It is the student's responsibility to submit notification of certificate requirement completion.  An electronic form is under construction available for that purpose. Go to From the drop-down department menu, choose Communication Sciences and Disorders. You'll find the "Certificate for Sign Language" there. Submit the form before the end of the semester in which you are enrolled in your final course. You must submit a form to the program coordinator in the Continuing Education Office. Once verified, notification that the student has completed all requirements for the certificate will be forwarded to the CSD Department and the Office of the Registrar for documentation on the student's transcript.


Please contact the Continuing Education office at (715) 836-3636 or email  Ask for the Education program area.


If you need accommodation for a disability to fully participate in this program or need this document in an alternative format, please contact Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636 or toll-free (866) 893-2423 or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711) as soon as possible.

Connecting Campus and Communicty