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:

Some of your application materials can be submitted by sending them as an e-mail or an email attachment to (You must use the same email address you used when you set up your application account.) It is important that you follow the directions below if you choose to send materials through email.

Each "document" should be sent separately. The subject line of each email MUST be your full name and the kind of document -- for example, "Jane Lawson -- Goals statement" or "Lyman Walker -- ASL YouTube link" ... whatever is appropriate.

Letters of recommendation must be sent from the writer her/himself and must be sent from a verifiable email address:,, Emails from Yahoo, Comcast, gmail, and other service providers which allow anyone to create an account under any name are not acceptable. If your writer does not have an acceptable email account, his/her letter should be mailed directly to Graduate Admissions.

Transcripts for degree applications must be original documents and should either be mailed directly from your academic institution or provided through a credentials verification service (if your institution subscribes to such a service).

ALL application materials must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office

1) by email using the email address
2) by direct mail to

Gallaudet University
Graduate Admissions, Kendall Hall 101
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002

[Materials should not be sent to the program/department.]

  • 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. Follow this link to the form you should send to each person who will write a letter of recommendation for you.
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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