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What will I learn?

American Sign Language (ASL) is the predominant language used by the Deaf community in the United States, Canada and much of the rest of the Americas. It is also believed to be the third most widely used language in the United States.

In addition to learning ASL as a foreign language, you can earn an American Sign Language Studies certificate and build a strong foundation at JCCC to pursue additional learning.

In these classes, you’ll learn cultural norms as well as basic grammar and vocabulary. You will gain ASL conversational fluency and a better knowledge of the American Deaf community and culture. The Kansas City metro area is home to a robust Deaf community where you can interact and put your conversational skills to use.

If you are a Deaf student or Heritage Language user, we offer several courses to enhance and formalize learning of ASL, Deaf culture and literature.

Interpreting option

Interested in interpreting? JCCC is now a feeder program to the University of Kansas’s new ASL Interpreting Program at the Edwards Campus. Contact Nigyar Alves by email or at 913-897-8556 to learn more.


This is a great place to start your journey to learn more about ASL. JCCC has offered ASL courses since the early 1980s and is known for its strong ASL curriculum. The certificate program is flexible to suit your needs. You can complete it in two years or stretch it to three or more.

You’ll learn from true experts. All are heritage language learners fully immersed in Deaf culture and active in various Deaf communities and organizations. Our student-run ASL club cultivates and builds upon the skills you’ll gain; it also connects you to the local Deaf community through events and experiences.

Ready to take the next step? Apply now

The ASL Studies certificate is an excellent supplement to any degree. Fluency in ASL is the same as fluency in other second or third languages. Employers from all areas seek candidates with this skill, especially in:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • First responder careers: police, fire and EMS
  • Therapy: physical, occupational and emotional/mental
  • Recreation and tourism

Interpreting for Professions Program Outlook

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

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Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.