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American Sign Language Classes, Courses, or Training

Iowa School for the Deaf, ISD

Iowa School for the Deaf currently currently does not offer publicly accessible sign language classes.   

Wesbite: Please scroll down to the information contained in the Parent and Educational Staff Sign Language Development parapraph.

Dr. Deb Cates is the sign language Program Coordinator, if you wish to correspond with her about the current sign language program (

The following organizations also offer American Sign Language courses, certification and/or training:

Des Moines Public Schools Community Education

Metropolitan Community College; Omaha, Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Iowa State University

Scott Community College

Kirkwood Community College

University of Northern Iowa

Black Hawk Community College

University of Iowa

Western Iowa

Iowa Western Community College
Sign Language Interpreting Program
2700 College Rd. Council Bluffs, IA. 51503
Carolyn M.Cool

Metropolitan Community College
Omaha, NE

Contact numbers:

  • Central Registration Desk – (402) 457-5231 (for credit classes)
  • Continuing Education - (402) 457-2620 (non credit classes)

No winter classes.
Spring classes will be offered.

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Special Education and Communication Disorders
Contact number – (402) 554-2201 or Liz Polinski-Smith (402) 554-2142
Fall/Spring classes only

Central Iowa

Iowa State University
World Languages and Cultures
American Sign Language
Pearson Hall WLC-3102G
Dr. Jonathan Webb, Lecturer

Drake University
World Languages and Cultures
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311
Marc Cadd

Deaf Action Center
Classes offered in Des Moines, Ames, Oskloosa and Pella
2525 East Euclid Ave., Ste. 100
P.O. Box 1501
Des Moines, IA 50317

Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Contact person – Lisa Peterson-Bishop – (641) 683-5238
ICN Classes – Area Education Agencies and Iowa School for the Deaf

These classes are designed for parents, families, teachers and other interested individuals working with deaf/hard of hearing children. The classes will be held via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). There are numerous sites across Iowa. For more information: contact Cindy Schrum at 712.366.0571/e-mail

Eastern Iowa

Scott Community College
ASL/English Interpreting Program
500 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Diane Roebuck

Kirkwood Community College
ASL 1 - 4 courses
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City campuses
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. St.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Dean Dr. Brooke Strahn-Koller

University of Northern Iowa
American Sign Language & Deaf Studies
1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Karlene Kischer-Browne

Black Hawk College
ASL offered through Outreach Center
6600 – 34th Ave.
Quad Cities, IA

University of Iowa
Contact number – (319) 335-2238 or (319) 335-8730