Graduate Program Specific Admission Requirements

Certificate in ASL & English Bilingual Early Childhood Deaf Education: Birth to 5

The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is a requirement for admission to this program. The ALSPI is a holistic language proficiency evaluation. Please begin your ASLPI scheduling process on this website: Please do not delay in scheduling your ASLPI because time slots fill up quickly. Depending upon the volume of testing happening, it can take up to six weeks to get your ASLPI result. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions about the ASLPI, please send an email to:

  • Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. degree.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all previous undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form requesting admission to the Certificate program.
  • TOEFL scores for all international students. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)
  • 3 Completed reference form. 
Additional Program Requirements
  • Applicants have or are pursuing teaching certification or licensure, preferably in the area of early childhood education, special education, deaf education, or speech-language
  • Resume showing prior and/or current experiences being employed in an early childhood program or field
  • Achieve a result of 2+ on the ASLPI or show evidence of American Sign Language proficiency (e.g., through interviews)
  • Technology requirements and computer requirements/skills: A Mac or PC computer with access to the internet capable of running the most recent and updated web browser is necessary for participation in our online courses. The minimum operating system are Windows XP or higher for PC and MacOS 10.5 or higher for Mac. Candidates are responsible for obtaining their own Internet access and are expected to have basic computer and Internet literacy prior to the start of the course. Prior to taking courses in the program, students should know how to use: email, word processing programs, presentation programs (such as PowerPoint), and the Internet to search for information.
  • Access to working with young children and their families in an early childhood environment during the program. This access can be on the job or through a practicum or internship experience.
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