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American Sign Language Classes in Washington State

Updated on January 3, 2016
Central Washington University, pictured here, offers a minor in ASL.
Central Washington University, pictured here, offers a minor in ASL. | Source

Below you'll find a comprehensive listing of places to take ASL classes in Washington State. If you're looking for classes in the Seattle area, see the Seattle ASL guide here. If you know of other programs or resources not listed, please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Schools Offering ASL Degree Programs

Central Washington University, Ellensburg

  • The Department of World Languages offers a minor in American Sign Language.
  • Coursework includes two years of ASL, plus classes on Deaf Culture, ASL in Education, and ASL Literature.
  • The university’s ASL club organizes ASL coffee chats and other ASL-related activities.

Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane

  • The Interpreter Training Program offers an associate degree or certificate option for ASL interpreting. Courses are offered on campus and online.

Four-Year Institutions Offering ASL Coursework

University of Washington, Bothell

  • The university is located in Bothell, about 17 miles northeast of Seattle.
  • The school offers one year (three quarters) of American Sign Language.

Eastern Washington University, Cheney

  • The university is located in Cheney, just outside of Spokane
  • The Department of Communication Disorders offers three semesters of American Sign Language
  • The school also offers two ASL courses through its online program.

The Evergreen State College, Olympia

  • The college offers one year of ASL (three quarter sequence).

Heritage University, Toppenish

  • Heritage University is a private, nonprofit, four-year university in Toppenish.
  • The university offers two years (four semesters) of ASL coursework, as well as an internship and special project/independent study course option for ASL.

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), Parkland

  • PLU is a private university offering liberal arts and professional school programs located in Parkland, a suburb of Tacoma.
  • The university offers two semesters of ASL.

Washington State University, Spokane

  • The Speech and Hearing Sciences program offers two semesters of American Sign Language.

Whitworth University, Spokane

  • Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college of about 3,000 students located in Spokane
  • The Special Education Program offers two semesters of American Sign Language. Both courses are also offered during the summer.

Clark College, pictured here, offers a class on Deaf culture in addition to a year of ASL coursework.
Clark College, pictured here, offers a class on Deaf culture in addition to a year of ASL coursework. | Source

Community Colleges Offering ASL Coursework

Centralia College, Centralia

  • Founded in 1925, Centralia is the oldest continuously operating community college in the state of Washington.
  • The school offers one year (three quarters) of American Sign Language.

Clark College, Vancouver

  • The college is located in Vancouver, just north of Portland.
  • The World Languages Department offers a one year program (three quarters) in American Sign Language. In addition, the college offers a course on Deaf culture, and students also have the opportunity to enroll in a special projects course for ASL.

Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen

  • The college is located in Aberdeen, on the Pacific coast.
  • The school offers one year of ASL (three quarters).

Olympic College, Bremerton

  • The college is located in Bremerton, about 7 miles west of Seattle, across Puget Sound.
  • The American Sign Language Department offers a three quarter sequence of ASL. Each level is typically offered each quarter, allowing students to begin the sequence any time during the year.
  • The college’s ASL club gives students a chance to practice their signing skills through various activities and events.

Pierce College, Lakewood and Puyallup

  • The college is located in Pierce County, just south of Tacoma, with campuses in Lakewood and Puyallup.
  • The World Languages Department offers two full years (six quarters) of ASL.

Skagit Valley College (SVC), Mount Vernon

  • The SVC main campus is located in Mount Vernon in northwest Washington.
  • The college offers one year (three quarters) of ASL. Students can also enroll in a “Learning into Action” independent project course.

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia

  • The college is located in southwest Olympia and offers two full years (six quarters) of coursework in American Sign Language

Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla

  • The college offers a full year of ASL (three quarters).

Whatcom Community College, Bellingham

  • The college offers a full year of ASL (three quarters).
  • In addition, the school’s Community and Continuing Education Program offers several beginner-level ASL classes.

Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima and Grandview

  • The school offers a one year sequence (three quarters) in American Sign Language.

Other Options for Studying ASL in Washington State

Washington School for the Deaf (WSD), Vancouver, WA

  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from all over the state of Washington attend WSD. Students who live outside of Vancouver live on campus during the week and return home on the weekends.
  • The school offers ASL community classes in the evenings that are free for families of Deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Other community members are welcome to enroll in the classes for a small fee.

The letter "A" in ASL.
The letter "A" in ASL. | Source

A Few Tips for Learning ASL

  • ASL is becoming more and more popular, and classes often fill up quickly. So, if you plan to take a class, especially at a community college, be sure to sign up early.
  • A great way to practice ASL is by signing in front of a mirror. You'll get a better sense of how your signs look and what aspects you should improve.
  • Practice signing vocabulary at least a little bit each day. Using flashcards is an effective way to incorporate practice into your daily routine, such as while waiting in line at the grocery store or riding the bus. You can get ASL flashcards from Amazon (see the link earlier on this page).
  • Be patient--learning a new language takes time.

Good luck, and have fun!


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      8 months ago

      Centralia college doesn't offer ASL courses, i saw there was a course last summer, but thats it.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks, everyone, for these updates. I have added the SFCC Interpreter Training Program to the list. As of January, 2016, SPSCC still includes ASL courses in its class schedule, so I am keeping it on the list. I have included Seattle Central College in the separate Seattle directory.

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      5 years ago

      Seattle Central College offers ASL

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      5 years ago

      Yes Spscc still has an asl program.

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      Andrea R 

      5 years ago

      The pierce college link is for a college in California. And SPSC no longer teaches ASL.

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      Andrea Kennedy 

      6 years ago

      Spokane Falls Community College offers an Interpreter Training program.


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