Basic Sign Language in the Classroom

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Basic Sign Language in the Classroom

10 Hours

This is a non-CEU Course.  ** DEL MERIT Approved STARS ** 

Tuition: $85.00

Mobile Devices: This course MAY be mobile friendly. However, because every device is different, we are unable to guarantee compatibility.  Our student support staff is unable to provide technical support when students are attempting to use an iPad, tablet or cell phone to complete an online course. Use of an iPad, tablet, or cell phone is at your own risk. 

** Attention ** This course uses multi-media video presentations. You will be required to view videos on your computer or mobile device in order to complete this course. Some students may find that they need to download Shockwave, Flash player or Java to view videos.

Washington STARS credit: Program Planning and Development (10 hours)

CDA Content Area: Enhancement of Social and Emotional Development  (10 hours)

Training Delivery Method:  Online

Content Focus Group:  

  • Infant
  • Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Pre-K
  • School-Age

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training

Training Level: 2

Training Language(s): English

Description:  (10 hours) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * American Sign Language is a common language used in the United States and Canada by members of the Deaf community. This course provides an introduction and overview of Deaf culture, characteristics of American Sign Language, and approximately 150 basic signs that are commonly used between children and caregivers. This course includes many videos and reflections, as well as helpful resources and reading material that will assist caregivers in including sign language elements in their programs.


  • State the difference between Deaf and hard of hearing definitions
  • Identify common myths about Deaf culture
  • Describe the culture of the Deaf community
  • Identify and recall some commonly used signs
  • Explain the difference between signed English and American Sign Language
  • Identify correctly structured phrases in American Sign Language
  • Identify and select appropriate handshapes for some basic signs
  • List three ways to use American Sign Language in a classroom or child care program
  • State some helpful signs for classrooms and child care programs


 Currently Enrolled Students *


2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training is not tested on mobile devices or designed to be used on a mobile device. We are unable to provide technical support if you are attempting to use a mobile device (cell phone, tablet, or any other device other than a computer). And though many students may find that they are able to use their mobile device to complete the course, this training was developed to be done on a computer. Use of a mobile device is at your own risk.

6) This course uses multi-media video presentations. You will be required to view videos on your computer or mobile device in order to complete this course. Some students may find that they need to download Shockwave, Flash player or Java to view videos.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, or Java, in order to log into the course, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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  • 5
    Thank you

    Posted by Susan on 3rd Mar 2016

    Thank you for providing this self paced class. I liked begin able to pause and go back and review.

  • 5
    Sign language for any age class

    Posted by Monika on 7th Jan 2016

    Although I have a year of sign language under my belt from 30 years ago and do use it in my preschool classroom now, this class was a great refresher in how I can incorporate more with my students. I appreciated that it was mostly done silently and when introducing new words, I felt I learned more from 4 different people signing the same word than if one person had done all the signing.