American Sign Language Studies Associate Degree
If you are interested in a career working with the Deaf / Hard of Hearing / DeafBlind communities, Northern Essex Community College is a great place to start. Prepare for a career in interpreting, education, human/social services, and more. Our American Sign Language Studies Associate Degree has three concentrations to choose from:
- American Sign Language Concentration
- Human Services Concentration
- Interpreting Transfer Concentration
You can view the individual concentrations under Courses and Requirements below.
Why Choose NECC?
With the American Sign Language Studies Associate Degree Program at NECC, you can save thousands of dollars on your bachelor’s degree by transferring. Earn a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language – English interpreting, Deaf Studies, education, human/social services, or a related field.
An additional option is to enter the workforce directly as a direct service provider. Direct service provider work in residential programs, independent living organizations, or state agencies.
As an American Sign Language Studies student at NECC you will:
- Learn about the language, culture, and community of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
- Gain real-world experience through a practicum (internship) experience. You will work directly with members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind community.
- Participate in networking opportunities with alumni and professionals in the community.
Because of NECC
Earning an American Sign Language Studies associate degree is an advantage in any profession that serves the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing/ DeafBlind community.
Upon completion of the degree, you can:
- Take advantage of a transfer agreement to earn your bachelor’s degree in an American Sign Language Studies related field. This will save you thousands of dollars on the cost of your degree.
- Obtain an entry level job in settings such as residential programs, community organizations, agencies, and much more.
- Prepare to take the state-level Massachusetts Interpreter Screening through the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). MCDHH-screened interpreters are eligible for entry-level interpreting work.
Career Paths & Job Market
A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for American Sign Language Studies, Associate in Arts.