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American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program (C114)

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PROGRAMAmerican Sign Language and Deaf Studies
SCHOOLSchool of Deaf and Deafblind Studies
LOCATIONSt. James Campus
DURATION1 year (2 semesters)
CERTIFICATIONOntario College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY2015-2016

The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program provides intensive training in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. If you are thinking about entering the American Sign Language - English Interpreter program, or if you want to combine ASL with other careers, this program is for you.

Full Program Descriptions


The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program provides intensive preparation in:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) and English.
  • An orientation to Deaf culture.
  • Current social issues affecting Deaf people.

The curriculum combines:

  • Opportunities to learn and practice ASL.
  • Classroom teaching about the structure and features of this language.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Learn, understand and participate in basic conversations in ASL.
  • Develop stronger skills in spoken and written English.
  • Develop 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.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

View Program Descriptions.

Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 


Code Course name
SIGN1017 Visual Gestural Communication
COMM1022 English Foundations for ASL Students
SIGN1060 Becoming an Ally


Code Course name
GSSC1129 Introduction to the Deaf Community
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

ASL skills facilitate your communication with Deaf people in a wide variety of business, educational and social service settings.

Fluency in ASL is an asset for anyone who deals with members of the Deaf community or with the general public. To broaden employment prospects, combine this certificate with:

  • business
  • early childhood education
  • teaching
  • nursing
  • counselling
  • other diplomas and degrees

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


$3,489.00 *

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 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 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

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

ASL and Deaf Studies program applicant questionnaire (C114) (pdf)

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

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  

School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2185


Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Judith Ercolino, ASL & Deaf Studies Program Coordinator


For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 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.