ASL Online

Student practicing ASL while watching a video on her computer

Beginning American Sign Language I and II at RIT

Have you ever met a deaf person and wished you could communicate with them?

Have you watched a sign language interpreter and thought that you’d like to learn that beautiful language?

Would you like to learn ASL online?

What is ASL?

ASL is a visual language used by thousands of people in the United States and parts of Canada. It’s the third-most studied language in colleges and universities across the country.

Benefits of Learning ASL

  • You’ll learn to communicate with friends, clients and customers who use ASL.
  • You’ll expand your horizons, learning the rich culture of the American Deaf community.
  • You’ll enhance your cognitive skills, including visual-perceptual skills and spatial reasoning skills.
  • If you’re a kinesthetic or visual learner, you will really enjoy learning ASL!
  • ASL could satisfy a foreign language credit.
  • Learning ASL could lead to a new career opportunity, such as working in a setting that serves deaf clients, in education, or interpreting.


The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is the largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the world, and is one of the nine colleges at RIT. Faculty in NTID’s American Sign Language & Interpreting Education Department teach the ASL courses. All of our American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty members who are certified by the American Sign Language Teachers Association, and all of our interpreting instructors are certified as sign language interpreters by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and are active in the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.

NTID has been offering sign language classes and programs for more than 40 years and delivering online courses since 2014. Credit obtained from taking this course may be transferrable to other colleges.

Who is eligible?

Online ASL classes are open to degree-seeking students and non-degree seeking students.

How to enroll

If you are interested in taking Beginning ASL I or II this summer, visit here for more information.