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American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program (C114)-2014-2015
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American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program (C114)

PROGRAMAmerican Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program
SCHOOLSchool of Deaf and Deafblind Studies
LOCATIONSt James Campus
DURATION1 year (2 semesters)
CERTIFICATIONOntario College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY2014-2015

This one-year certificate program gives you intensive training in American Sign Language and English. If you are thinking about entering the Sign Language Interpreter program, or if you want to combine American Sign Language with other careers, this program is for you.

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Full Program Descriptions

This program provides intensive preparation in American Sign Language and English, plus an orientation to Deaf culture and current social issues affecting Deaf people. The curriculum combines opportunities to learn and practice American Sign Language (ASL) along with classroom teaching about the structure and features of this language. Students will have the opportunity to learn to understand and participate in basic conversations in ASL. They will also develop stronger skills in spoken and written English, as well as a basic understanding of the role of the ASL-English Interpreter.

 ASL Group

Part Time Study Options  Basic, stand-alone courses in American Sign Language are also available in the evenings.* For the Continuing Education Course Guide, visit

*The American Sign Language certificate offered through Continuing Education is not equivalent to the ASL and Deaf Studies program, C114 certificate.

Course Outline
Required Courses 






Visual Gestural Communication


English Foundations for ASL Students


Becoming an Ally








Introduction to the Deaf Community


College English


General Education Elective


For detailed course outlines click here.

For a list of General Education Electives click here.


Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities
Your Career 


You will be able to use your ASL skills to communicate with Deaf people in a wide variety of business, educational and social service settings. This certificate will be of particular advantage in combination with qualifications in business, early childhood education, teaching, nursing, counselling and other diplomas and degrees. Fluency in ASL is an asset for anyone who deals with members of the Deaf community or with the general public. Note that this program does not prepare you to be an ASL-English Interpreter. However, many graduates of this program apply to and are accepted into George Brown’s

ASL-English Interpreter program (C110) or similar programs at other institutions.


Future Study Options Graduates may apply to the ASL-English Interpreter program (C110) at George Brown or similar programs at other colleges if they wish to become Sign Language Interpreters.

This program is a recommended prerequisite for the ASL-English Interpreter program (C110).

Tuition and Fees
Tuition $3,431.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2013. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2014 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply
Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions: Certain Ontario Academic Credit (OAC), college or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Many courses are also eligible for prior learning assessment, based on your previous education and experiential learning. Please visit for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  ASL and Deaf Studies program applicant questionnaire (C114) (pdf)

Apply To  Ontario Colleges

Student Selection  

Student Success
Success Stories  

"The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program was fantastic. The instructors gave me a strong foundation in American Sign Language by using a variety of effective teaching strategies and by giving constant feedback. When I had nearly completed the one-year certificate I was already equipped with the necessary tools to pass the screening for the American Sign Language-English Interpreter program. I would recommend it to anyone whose goal is to take the AEIP and become an interpreter as well as anyone who just wants to begin learning ASL."

Heather O’Shea (2005 graduate, ASL-English Interpreter)

Contact Us
Contact Us  

Call the George Brown School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies
at 416-415-5000, ext. 2185 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For updated information and course descriptions, visit or call 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.