The Master of Arts program in the Teaching of ASL consists of a minimum of 45 points distributed in the following manner: 13 points of coursework on professional foundations, 30 points of coursework and practica experiences in the area of ASL and Deaf studies, and 2 points of electives. Students not proficient in ASL will be expected to take additional coursework to develop the necessary level of proficiency expected.
The students will enroll in two semesters of student teaching and practicum experience associated with coursework. Students will participate in introductory field observations and student teaching for five days weekly with 400 hours of practicum experiences, divisible into two semesters, with about 100 hours of observation and 100 hours of student teaching each semester. Before student teaching, students need to take a sign competency assessment test and attain an advanced rating.
In addition, the students would need to identify pertinent issues of ASL teaching and/or deaf studies, embark on a review of literature, formulate research questions and hypotheses, conduct data collection and analysis, and prepare an M.A. Project. As for the final master’s research paper, it will be completed during the final student teaching placement. The topics will be decided upon jointly by the student and the program coordinators, with input from the master cooperating teacher, and should arise out of some classroom concern. Students who successfully complete the master’s program and meet all of the requirements for state certification will be recommended to the New York State Education Department for certification as a Teacher of American Sign Language. They will also be able to obtain a national certificate from the American Sign Language Teachers Association.
COURSE OF STUDY
Anthropological Foundations (3)
Deaf Community and Culture
Language and Communication
Curriculum and Instruction
STUDENT PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE
Student Observation and Teaching
TOTAL CREDITS 45