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Courses & Requirements

The certificate option is available only to students currently holding a Bachelor’s degree in any field.

Students must earn a minimum grade of B in all ASL courses and a minimum grade of C in DST courses. A minimum of 41 credit hours are required for students intending to continue their studies in interpreting.

Program Prerequisites:

ASL101 Elementary ASL I and ASL102 Elementary ASL II with a B or better or demonstrate comparable skills/knowledge. See a representative in Enrollment Services for additional admissions criteria for this program.

Additional Admissions Criteria:

Enrollment Services will provide additional admissions criteria for this program. All admission criteria is available in the Deaf Studies Criteria Packet which can be found at: http://www.necc.mass.edu/forms/#deaf_studies.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit http://www.necc.mass.edu/cori-sori.

Courses Credits Comments
ANT101 Cultural Anthropology 3 Prerequisite
ASL111 Intermediate American Sign Language I 5 Prerequisite
ASL112 Intermediate American Sign Language II 5 Prerequisite
ASL201 Advanced American Sign Language I 4 Prerequisite
ASL202 Advanced American Sign Language II 4 Prerequisite
ASL203 American Sign Language Linguistics 3 Prerequisite
ASL205 Deaf Literature and Folklore 3 Prerequisite
DST101 Introduction to Deaf Studies 3 Co-requisite
DST102 Introduction to the Interpreting Field
EDU101 Introduction to Teaching
HUS101 Introduction to Human Services
4/3 DST102: Prerequisite,
required of students
intending to pursue
interpreting studies
DST191 Deaf Community Practicum 2 Prerequisite
DST205 Deaf Culture 3 Prerequisite or
permission of
PHI110 Ethics 3 Required of students
intending to pursue
interpreting studies