American Sign Language Classes in CT - A Comprehensive Guide
Below you'll find a comprehensive listing of schools offering ASL classes in Connecticut, including interpreter training and other degree programs. If you know of other programs or resources not listed, please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
With courses on sign language, ASL/English interpreting, and Deaf culture, Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winstead offers the most extensive selection of ASL coursework in Connecticut.
- Associate in Arts degree and Certificate Program in Deaf Studies. The program includes four semesters of ASL, courses on Deaf culture, and a field experience. The program also prepares interested students to transfer to universities with Bachelor’s degree programs in Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, and similar fields.
- Associate in Science degree in Interpreter Preparation ASL/English. Because the program prepares students to be ASL/English interpreters, students must be fluent in ASL before entering the program.
- Four semesters of ASL
Other Colleges and Adult Schools Offering ASL
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
• Offers two courses, American Sign Language I and American Sign Language II
Gateway Community College, New Haven
• Offers two courses, Sign Language I and Sign Language II
Manchester Community College, Manchester
• Sociology and Sign Language Department offers four semesters of ASL, plus a course on Deaf history and culture
New London Adult & Continuing Education, Montville and Waterford
• Offers three ASL courses
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
• Department of Special Education and Reading offers two courses: Sign Language SED 410 and SED 411 Fingerspelling and Instructional Sign Language for Exceptional Children
University of Connecticut
• The American Sign Language Program offers four semesters of ASL as well as courses on Deaf culture such as “Women and Gender in a Deaf World” and “Deaf Writers and American Sign Language Literature.”
• The university also has an ASL club for students who are especially interested in practicing and promoting American Sign Language.
Other Places to Learn ASL
A Common Ground Community Arts Center, Danbury
Offers 6-week introductory ASL/Deaf culture classes on Thursday evenings
American School for the Deaf, West HartfordFounded in 1817, the American School for the Deaf is the oldest school for the deaf in the United States. In addition to serving the Deaf population, the ASD also offers community sign language classes.
What’s offered: Adult, youth, and baby sign classes, as well as a class on Deaf culture. Fall, Spring, and Summer Session courses are offered.
Once you’ve learned ASL for about a semester or so, meetup groups are a great way to practice what you know and meet other people interested in signing. Groups are often very welcoming, so don’t be shy about attending!
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