Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Deaf Studies Certificate (DFSD-CC)

Location(s): Northwestern Connecticut

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Deaf Studies Certificate is designed for those students whose goal is to work with Deaf people in various entry level jobs. This one-year program provides students with advanced American Sign Language (ASL) skills and an in- depth understanding of the Deaf Community focusing on a bilingual-bicultural approach. Students will learn the foundations of ASL in the classroom. However, a key component of developing proficiency in ASL is frequent interaction with Deaf ASL signers. Therefore, as part of their course requirements, students are required to interact with signing Deaf people at various events both virtual and in person.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:

  • Communicate at an advanced level using American Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of and sensitivity to American Deaf culture.
  • Describe the major characteristics of ASL literature.
  • Understand the linguistical aspects of American Sign Language.
  • Educate others with information and available resources for people who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing.

Career Opportunities:

  • Teacher’s aide
  • Residential program counselor
  • Job coach
  • Communication specialist
  • Deaf community advocate
  • Paraprofessional with faculty who are Deaf