Sign School

The Concordia Seminary Sign School offers instruction in American Sign Language and deaf culture. Courses are taught using the most up-to-date methods. All classes are open to the public, as well as to the Seminary community.

We are now offering tutoring on the Seminary campus for anyone needing extra help with their signing skills. Please contact the sign school office for more details.

Sign School Instructors and Staff

Kara Simmons is the director of the Sign School. She is available to handle special arrangements, questions or concerns.

Ella Eakins is the lead instructor at the sign school. She is a native ASL user. She has taught ASL for several years and is a member of the Missouri American Sign Language Teachers Association (MO-ASLTA).

Prospective Students

Learning American Sign Language will be the text used in all classes. Classroom experiences are augmented by video and the use of other class activities to train for visual/motor skills.

All classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Sieck Hall from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuition fees must be paid in full by the time of class. To register, complete the registration form and return to the Sign School office.

Course Description

ASL I – 3.6 Continuing Education Units

An introductory course for people who have had little or no previous exposure to American Sign Language. Emphasis is on eye/hand coordination training and experiential learning of ASL. Text is required for this course and may be purchased from Concordia Sign School.

Private Tutoring Lessons

These lessons are designed for any individual wanting or needing extra help in learning American Sign Language. Student status at Concordia Seminary is not required in order to take lessons. If you have any special needs or concerns, please let us help. Tutoring fees are determined by the instructor.

Financial Considerations

A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $10 is payable once upon the student’s first registration for a course in the Concordia Seminary Sign School. The tuition for all courses during each quarter is $300. Book fees are: Learning American Sign Language ($120). All fees are due upon registration deadline (registration fee, tuition, books). Please make checks and money orders payable to Concordia Seminary Sign School. Please do not mail cash. A $20 fee is charged for all checks returned due to insufficient funds. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted. Classroom materials will be distributed on the first scheduled class date.

As part of the non-credit course offerings to the Seminary community, the Seminary Sign School courses are offered without cost to Concordia Seminary students, faculty and staff and their immediate families. If books or materials are required for a course, it will be the responsibility of the student to pay for these materials.


Units Given for Courses – Continuing education units are available, if the student requests them. Forms for CEUs are available from the director of the Concordia Seminary Sign School near the end of the course. A $10 transcript fee will be charged. Please do not include this fee in your registration fee.

Inclement Weather – Classes may be canceled in the event of severe weather. Cancelation information may be obtained by calling the numbers listed above after 1:00 p.m.

Course Cancelation – The Concordia Seminary Sign School reserves the right to cancel any of the classes listed above if enrollment falls below a level to make the course economically feasible, or if there is insufficient faculty. Instructors assigned to a specific course are subject to change. We apologize for any difficulties.

Getting Here

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Contact Information

The Concordia Seminary Sign School telephone number is 314-505-7120 (voice). The personnel at this number will be able to answer your questions. If no one is available, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. This number is available 24 hours a day. E-mail may be sent to