Dual Access: American Sign Language

Learn American Sign Language (ASL) or improve your ASL skills to become a fluent communicator or start a career in education, government or healthcare services.

The Intensive Study in American Sign Language (ASL) Program is a 6-course series focusing on communication with Deaf individuals. These non-credit courses are designed to help you make rapid progress in developing ASL skills and expand your multicultural sign vocabulary.

Develop vocabulary, conversational competence and grammatical knowledge through a total immersion approach that includes classroom conversation, visual language lab activities and online exercises. You will expand your interaction with the local Deaf community to enhance your linguistic skills and cultural knowledge.

Classes are offered days, evenings and weekends through LaGuardia’s Program for Deaf Adults or in conjunction with LaGuardia’s Education and Language Acquisition Department. If you have already started your sign language education, you are required to be pre-screened for appropriate level placement. To schedule an appointment, contact Program for Deaf Adults at (917) 832-1207 (VP) or (718) 482-5324 (V) or email pda@lagcc.cuny.edu.

If you wish to earn academic credit for these courses, you must be admitted to LaGuardia for the fall or spring semester and are not required to be screened. For more information about ASL classes for credit, contact the Education and Language Acquisition Department, Room B-234, at (718) 482-5640.This program is not designed to train students as interpreters for the Deaf. Learn more about our ASL-English Interpretation Program.


This program is not offering course enrollment at this time. Please check back soon. For more information call (718) 482-7244.


  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Pre-screening for appropriate level placement if you already have ASL skills
  • Completion of prior level course to proceed to the next course level


Government services
  • Equal opportunity offices
  • Vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • Community counseling
  • Teachers of the Deaf (TODs) at mainstream and Deaf schools
  • Special education teachers
  • Teacher assistants/aides
  • Paraprofessionals
Social services
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
Healthcare services
  • First responders
  • EMTs
  • Doctors/nurses
  • Audiologists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
Sign language interpreters


MA, Deaf Education, works at the Lexington School for the Deaf as Media Coordinator and Technical Director for the Ralph and Ricky Lauren Center for the Performing Arts. He has been teaching ASL classes at LaGuardia since 2007.
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Click here to register. You will create a profile and choose a course. Before registering for Intensive Study in American Sign Language 2, 3 or 4, or Dual Access Intensive Study in American Sign Language 2, 3 or 4, you will need to take the Intensive Study in ASL Screening or have completed the prior level course.