About The Program

American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth most commonly used language in the United States. It is the primary language used by the deaf community and those who consider themselves to be a member of deaf culture. Many colleges, including NOVA, accept ASL to fulfill their foreign language requirements. The American Sign Language (ASL) program provides comprehensive training in theory and practical interpreting skills necessary for employment as an educational or community interpreter.

Individuals interested in working with the deaf community have various job options. Some careers, such as interpreters or teacher's aides for deaf and hard of hearing programs, require an Associate's degree. Other jobs, such as deaf education teachers, ASL teachers, social workers, counselors, speech and language pathologists, or audiologists, require more advanced degrees.

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