Areas of Study


Certificate programs are designed around the needs of current career professionals. The programs include a set of related courses leading to a certificate that demonstrates the successful completion of the curriculum. We currently offer a certificate in American Sign Language (PST) and four graduate-level professional studies (PSG) certificates.

Professional studies courses offer students a substantial reduction in tuition costs and are designed to satisfy requirements for professional development. Graduate-level PSG certificates are cross-listed with graduate courses/programs at Gallaudet and follow the same rigorous level of education.

We offer various styles of learning from on-campus courses to online courses. Learn more here.


American Sign Language and English Bilingual Early Childhood Deaf Education: Birth to 5 (online, post-bachelor’s)
The 21-credit certificate program emphasizes advocacy, language planning, pedagogy, assessment, program planning, and theory and practices in ASL/English bilingual early education. In alignment with the Education programs’ mission, the program also emphasizes culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a goal for the candidates to become change agents and leaders in advocating for and educating deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.
Certificate in Sexuality and Gender Studies
This certificate program is an online program that will focus on issues salient to the complex communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, ally, asexual, and other identities that revolve around sexuality and gender.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate
This hybrid program (online with two weekends of on-campus instruction) provides professionals with an overview of professional and ethical practices, communication and language(s), families, and developmental assessment and programming. Candidates will acquire leadership, advocacy, and collaboration skills that promote age and developmentally appropriate outcomes for infants and toddlers. All coursework and experiences reflect principles of diversity including understanding and appreciation of language diversity (ASL and English, as well as other home languages).
Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities (online, post-bachelor’s)
The online certificate program for Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities is designed for current educators who want to develop their knowledge and skillset in special education. The certificate program emphasizes culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a foundation for working with the whole child, the family, and other professionals while ensuring content and CEC standards are met, in addition to practicing special, and deaf education pedagogy.
Peer Mentor Training (low-residency/hybrid, post-bachelor’s)
The Peer Mentor Training Certificate Program trains deaf, hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened individuals to provide information, support, empathy, validation, and skills to consumers in need.


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