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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 18 credits of course work as outlined below.

If you started the program prior to Fall 2016:

CSD 101 American Sign Language 1 (3 cr.)
CSD 102 American Sign Language 2 (3 cr.)
CSD 103 American Sign Language 3 (3 cr.)
CSD 210 Cultural Perspectives of the Deaf (3 cr.)
Plus two of the following elective courses:
CSD 201 American Sign Language 4 (3 cr.)
CSD 301 American Sign Language Semantics (3 cr.)
CSD 302 American Sign Language Linguistics (3 cr.)

If you start the program in Fall 2016 or after:

CSD 101 American Sign Language 1 (3 cr.)
CSD 102 American Sign Language 2 (3 cr.)
CSD 103 American Sign Language 3 (3 cr.)
CSD 201 American Sign Language 4 (3 cr.)
CSD 210 Cultural Perspectives of the Deaf (3 cr.)
Plus one of the following elective courses:
CSD 301 American Sign Language Semantics (3 cr.)
CSD 302 American Sign Language Linguistics (3 cr.)


Current UW-Eau Claire Students:

You can register for American Sign Language courses in CampS as you normally would.  Courses beyond ASL 101 have prerequisites that you will need to complete prior to registering.  You may also be able to fulfill the prerequisites with transfer credits you have previously earned at your high school or another university.  Please see Transfer Credits below.  

Not a Current UW-Eau Claire Student?

If you are not currently a student, you will need to apply as a Special Student before you can register for American Sign Language courses.  Follow the link below, click on Special Student Electronic Application, and follow the instructions to create an account and submit your application online.

Apply as a Special Student

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 Spring 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

Students should submit notification of certificate requirement completion before the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in the final course. An electronic form is available for that purpose. Go to eform1@uwec.edu. From the drop-down department menu, choose Communication Sciences and Disorders. You'll find the "Certificate for Sign Language" there. Fill out and submit the e-form. Continuing Education will first verify that you have completed all requirements and then send notification to the CSD Department and the Office of the Registrar for documentation on your transcript.

Questions?

Please contact the Continuing Education office at (715) 836-3636 or email ce@uwec.edu. Ask for the American Sign Language credit program manager.

Accommodations

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.

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