sign language classes near meSo you are interested in learning American Sign language and are looking for a structured way to get better at it. Sign language classes provide a great way to practice your signing skills and get feedback from an experienced teacher. Questions I often get are “Where can I take sign language classes near me?” and “Are the classes for the whole family or just for adults?” There probably is a signing course not far from your home but finding one can be a daunting task. I experienced this myself and finally found a good certification program near me. In this article I will list some options for you to further explore.

Or should I Enroll in an Online Sign Language Class?

If you are enrolling yourself in an online sign language class, you will have to know a few things. Firstly, you need to choose your class with great care as none of the classes which are available online or offline make refunds. Offline classes do not issue refunds for missed classes but with online classes, you have the option of choosing your classes at the most convenient time for you so that you never accidentally miss them.

With an online sign language class, you can have the full advantage of taking classes according to your own pace and learning capability. You do not need to match anyone else’s target. You are free to choose your own timings. Furthermore, you have the comfort of taking a class in your own home while lounging on a sofa, in your office or whichever is convenient.

You can easily log on to the class’s forum to look up your progress and check feedbacks. With problems like internet speed issues of limited connectivity, you can access downloaded workbooks and videos to catch up to the progress of the class.

The cost of an online class is much lower than a proper formal class with regular instructors. However, you need to give extra attention when choosing an online class if you wish to achieve a certificate in sign language as most online classes are not certification courses. But with thorough research, you can surely pick the best class to fit your needs.

We found a great online course platform offering a free trial at Rocket Languages.

Deaf Schools

There is a good chance you have a school for deaf kids nearby. They often offer programs for parents and family members that want to learn ASL. Ask around or contact a deaf school directly. Remember that people who are deaf or hard of hearing embrace people who are interested in learning their awesome language. Check out this List of schools for the deaf on Wikipedia.

(ASL) Colleges and Universities

Many colleges and universities offer Associate degree programs in ASL/English interpreting and translation. These programs are often intended for doctors or guardians of deaf children. Contact your nearest college and see it they have such a program. I listed over 200 colleges that offer sign language studies:

Sign language classes in California

American River College
Sacramento, CA
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, CA
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, CA
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA
Berkeley City College
Berkeley, CA
Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Crafton Hills College
Yucaipa, CA
Fresno City College
Fresno, CA
Grossmont College
El Cajon, CA
Ohlone College
Fremont, CA
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, CA
College of the Sequoias
Visalia, CA

Eastern states

Rochester, NY
RIT offers ASL courses in seven different tracks, both credit and non-credit
RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).
Nassau Community College
Garden City, NY
Mountwest Community and Technical College
Huntington, WV
Bristol Community College
Fall River, MA
Montgomery College
Rockville, MD
Union County College
Cranford, NJ
Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg, SC

Coconino Community College
Flagstaff, AZ
Phoenix College
Phoenix, AZ

College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
North Idaho College
Coeur d’Alene, ID

College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn IL
Richland Community College
Decatur, IL

Vincennes University
Vincennes, IN

Saint Paul College
Saint Paul, MN

Siena Heights University
Adrian, MI
Wayne County Community College District
Detroit, MI

New Mexico
Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM

Tulsa Community College
Tulsa, OK
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa, OK
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa, OK
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa, OK
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK

Portland Community College
Portland, OR

Maryville College
Maryville, TN
Maryville College
Maryville, TN

Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake City, UT
Weber State University
Ogden, UT

Washington, D.C.
Gallaudet University
Washington, D.C.