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Prepare for a Career with Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind Communities

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If are interested in a career working with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind communities, Northern Essex Community College is a great place to start. You can prepare for a career in interpreting, education, human/social services, and more.

Why Choose NECC?

With the Deaf Studies Program at NECC, you can save thousands of dollars on you bachelor’s degree by transferring to earn your degree in American Sign Language (ASL) – English interpreting, Deaf studies, education, human/social services, or a related field.  You can also enter the workforce directly as a direct service provider in residential programs, independent living organizations, or state agencies. With this program you can:

  • Learn about the language , culture, and community of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people
  • Gain real-world experience through a practicum (internship) experience working 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 a degree in Deaf Studies is an advantage in any profession that serves the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind community. Upon completion of the Deaf Studies program, you can:

  • Take advantage of a transfer agreement to earn your bachelor’s degree in a Deaf Studies-related field, while saving 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.


Courses, Requirements, and Program Notes


Career Paths & Job Market

Career Paths
Transferring to a 4 year College or University


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