Web: Department of ASL and Deaf Studies
Email: masled@gallaudet.edu

Neisha Washington-Shepard, Program Co-Director
Kenneth De Haan, Program Co-Director

Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1217

The Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies offers a M.A. degree in Sign Language Education. This program is designed to prepare future sign language teachers, who will provide exemplary leadership in the sign language teaching field. Students will be introduced to key theoretical and methodological issues involved in sign language instruction including curriculum development, assessment, and incorporating Deaf culture into the language curriculum. In addition, students will undertake a teaching practicum and internship under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. An electronic portfolio is required at the completion of the program, which represents the culmination of the student's academic performance.

Graduates from the MA program in Sign Language Education

I.         Will demonstrate theoretical knowledge and display competence in classroom settings regarding methodological and socio-political issues involved in sign language teaching, curriculum development, and assessment.

II.         Will produce graduate level Sign Language and English texts that demonstrate knowledge of and critical inquiry into key concepts in the Sign Language teaching field.

III.         Will recognize the importance of the Sign Language teacher as a system change agent and apply this in practice utilizing effective leadership, advocacy, consultation, and collaboration to influence change on the individual, group, and organizational and systemic levels.

IV.         Will demonstrate preparedness to seek and obtain employment as a teaching professional in the field of sign language education.

Program Overview

We are a 15-month Summer/Online program.  In typical 2-year graduate programs, there are four consecutive semesters of study.  Our four semesters of study begin with the first semester occurring during the Summer, the second semester during the Fall, third semester during the Spring, and the fourth and final semester during the following Summer.

Students begin the program mid-May online, then arrive on campus for approximately a month for required face-to-face courses during the summer. 

The final set of summer courses begin online in mid-May, and require on-campus presence for at least a month during the summer. Please contact us for more details at masled@gallaudet.edu.

*The Masters in Sign Language Education program is not a state approved licensure program nor part of the Educator Preparation Provider accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Gallaudet University has not yet determined whether the MASLED program meets professional licensure requirements in other states.  If you are seeking employment in K-12 school settings, you are advised to contact your state office of licensure and certification to see if our program meets their requirements


Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Applicants for the M.A. in Sign Language Education must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Overview' and 'Courses' tabs.

Please complete the following requirements as outlined on the Graduate Admissions website:

Mail the official transcript(s) to: 
Graduate Admissions 
Kendall Hall 101 
Gallaudet University 
800 Florida Avenue NE 
Washington DC 20002

Application opens: August 1st

Deadline for Application Review/Screening:  January 15th 

*Students are admitted to the Sign Language Education masters program once a year, with the program starting online mid-May.

Program Specific Requirements:

● Online Video interview.  The direct link for the online video interview will be given to you after you have officially applied to the program.