American Sign Language

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American Sign Language

Can you guess what the fastest growing world language in the United States is? That’s right, it’s American Sign Language (ASL). It is estimated that there are nearly two million ASL users in North America today.

This sophisticated, visual-spatial language is used by the deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. It is a linguistically complete, natural language that shares no grammatical similarities to English. In fact, in terms of syntax, ASL shares more with spoken Japanese than it does with English. Who would have thought?

In addition to being fun to learn, students of the American Sign Language program at MCC are able to use their ASL skills in a variety of professional settings. ASL courses are taught exclusively in the target language.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the American Sign Language program
Name Type Title Courses
Academic Certificate AC Language Studies

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a certificate within the American Sign Language program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the American Sign Language program is available through the World Languages department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.