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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.CONV-SIGN

General Courses

Try our introductory class:

SLG-304 A Beginner's Guide to Sign Language

Practice as you learn:

SLG-307  Sign Language Lab: Beginner to Intermediate

SLG-308  Sign Language Lab: Intermediate Level (Voice-Off)  NEW 

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 certificate consists of four core courses and one elective. 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 - Coming 2022

Then choose one elective:

CSL-300 Sign Language Lab Vocab/Syntax  

CSL-300 Sign Language Lab: Expressive Rules and Idioms - Coming 2022


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 the courses for this continuing education certificate is approximately $652 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees but excluding 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 needs. Note the course number, section number and start date, and register through our online portal, MyAACC.

Registration for summer 2022 opens Tuesday, April 26.

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

Find a course using our online course search.

Learn more about registering for noncredit courses.