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Completion of this noncredit certificate program provides students with a strong foundation in ASL language skills and the cultural awareness necessary to interact with the deaf community. The successful completion of this program gives students a communication skill set that is an asset in current and future employment.

Certificate code: CE.BEGIN.SIGN-LANG

General Courses

Try our introductory class:

SLG 304 - "A Beginner's Guide to Sign Language."

Explore the fundamental principles of American Sign Language. Practice the American Manual Alphabet (fingerspelling) and introductory conversational vocabulary. Discuss cultural aspects of the deaf community.

NOTE: Introductory course designed for students with no previous knowledge of American Sign Language who wish to communicate with deaf individuals.


Continuing Education Certificate

What is the training?

AACC's Beginning Sign Language consists of four core courses and one of two electives. The program is designed to prepare students to communicate with hearing impaired individuals. Students learn to use receptive and expressive forms of communication, finger spelling, numbers and conversational skills. 

Total hours: 76

What courses will I take?

CSL-303 Conversational Sign Language: Level 1

CSL-304 Conversational Sign Language: Level 2

CSL-305 Conversational Sign Language: Level 3

CSL-302 Sign Language Lab: Historical Figures and Events

Then choose one elective:

CSL-300 Sign Language Lab: Vocabulary and Syntax 

CSL-301 Sign Language Lab: Expressive Rules and Idioms  

What credentials can I earn?

Upon successful completion students will earn an AACC continuing education certificate and be prepared to complete the ASL screening for entry into higher level credit classes. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office.

What will it cost?

The cost of this continuing education certificate is approximately $640.00 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees, but not including books.

What are the requirements?

Student must be at least 16 years old.

How to Enroll

The courses on this page are noncredit, meaning you won’t earn college credit toward a degree. You don’t need to apply. Just choose a program or course that interests you, and check the noncredit schedule for a class that fits your schedule. Note the course number, section number and start date and register through our online portal, MyAACC.

For help, email or call the Instructional Support Center at 410-777-2325.

Find a course using our online course search.

Learn more about registering for noncredit courses.