Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language

Certificate of Specialization (CS)

This program provides the instruction and hands-on experience needed to communicate effectively with Deaf individuals through American Sign Language (ASL).

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Faculty: All American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty in a total immersion format: no voice is permitted in these classes.

If you plan to pursue a career in professional interpreting and complete the ASL Certificate of Specialization with a B average or better, you can be admitted to STLCC’s Interpreter Education Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Attend full- or part-time, in day or evening classes.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have. CLICK HERE


While this certificate, by itself, does not lead to employment in the profession of interpreting, knowledge of ASL combined with other skills can enhance your employment opportunities.

  • Schools/School Districts
  • Referral Agencies
  • State and Local Social Work Agencies
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Video-Relay Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Private Counselors
  • Large Corporations

STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here

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STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than other institutions.

  • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
  • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
  • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE.
  • For more information on expenses incurred as part of this program, please contact the program coordinator.
  • FAFSA Apply online


Tom Flynn, A.A., B.A., M.A.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-513-4122


Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language (CS) 24 Credits

Program Total: 24 credits
DCS:104 American Sign Language I 5
DCS:105 American Sign Language II 5
DCS:107 Fingerspelling 3
DCS:120 Fingerspelling Lab 1
DCS:111 Theory of American Sign Language 3
DCS:119 Theory of American Sign Language Lab 1
DCS:115 Introduction to Deaf Communication
DCS:116 American Sign Language Semantics 3

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your career pathway in this growing industry. CLICK HERE

Related Programs
Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education (AAS)


STLCC’s Deaf Communication Studies Advisory Board, a group of professional interpreters and representatives from local hiring agencies, advises program leaders on curriculum and how it relates to employment in the field.

Knowledge of American Sign Language can be a valuable addition to a resume for people in a wide variety of service fields, such as special education teachers, teaching assistants, nursing home personnel, educational advocates, social workers, nurses, and more.

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations, and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss.


The Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language program is offered at our Florissant Valley campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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