College garners award from ASL teachers’ association

Members of McDaniel's ASL-Deaf Studies Program.
November 20, 2012

McDaniel’s ASL-Deaf Studies Program was recently recognized by the Maryland chapter of the ASL Teachers’ Association for the college’s commitment to the advancement and expansion of American Sign Language. 

About 175 undergraduate students each semester are enrolled in ASL classes, according to Mark Rust, associate professor of Education and coordinator of the graduate program in Deaf Education.

“After 2006, when ASL received status as meeting the language requirement for graduation, enrollment grew substantially,” says Rust, explaining that undergraduate students can satisfy their language requirement by taking three semesters of ASL. Previously, about 40-45 students enrolled in ASL courses each semester.

The minor in ASL-Deaf Studies grew out of McDaniel’s internationally recognized graduate Deaf Education Program, now in its 45th year. About 90 students from all over the country and globe are enrolled in the M.S. program.

McDaniel was the first to offer a graduate degree in Deaf Education to deaf individuals in 1967. Then, in the mid-1990s, the program became the first ASL/English bilingual program in the country, advocating use of both languages in the curriculum.

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