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American Sign Language Studies Associate Degrees and Certificates

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If you would like your career to include providing services to the Deaf /Hard of Hearing/ DeafBlind communities, Northern Essex offers several options for you to choose from. Our American Sign Language Studies Associate Degree has three concentrations to choose from:

  • American Sign Language Concentration
  • Human Services Concentration
  • Interpreting Transfer Concentration

We also offer a Sign Language Interpreting Certificate, which is an intensive program designed to provide a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf Culture, and Interpreting. Participants also have an opportunity to explore careers in sign language interpreting.

Studying for a Sign Language Degree at NECC:

You can enter the workforce directly or transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

  • If you want to enter the workforce directly, you can prepare for a career as a direct service provider in residential programs independent living, organizations, or state agencies.
  • Or you can transfer into a four-year program in ASL – English Interpreting, Deaf Studies, education, or human/social services among numerous options.

The American Sign Language Studies degree can also be an advantage in other professions that serve Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind people.


Please call or email one of the following:

Kevin Fleese, Program Coordinator

Phone: 978-241-7049

Leslie Young, ASL Studies Program Assistant

Phone: 978-556-3667 or VP 978-377-8033

Additional Options

Interested in taking a non-credit class instead? View our non-credit online options.

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