The De La Salle College of St. Benilde – School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) opens its doors to young Deaf leaders and aspiring hearing sign language interpreters.
SDEAS takes pride in two of the programs that they offer to the public: Bachelor in Applied Deaf Studies and Bachelor in Sign Language Interpretation.
As the leading learner-centered education institution in Deaf Education, SDEAS proudly promotes equal access to opportunities and addresses the diverse needs of its students. In addition to that, SDEAS adheres to the notion of developing leader-advocates who are capable and committed to making positive contributions, to their communities, and the nation at large.
In line with this, SDEAS offers the Bachelor in Applied Deaf Studies (BAPDST), which allows the Deaf to study and embrace their identity, language, culture, and community. Throughout the program, they are given opportunities to volunteer, lead, mentor, and advocate for their rights. Students enrolled in the BAPDST program are also prepared to be employable and may choose between three tracks they want to focus on: Entrepreneurship, Visual Media Arts, and Business Outsourcing Services and Management.
Graduates of this program are employed as Sign Language Instructors, Community Advocates, College Instructors, Data Analysts, Researchers, Web Designers – Frontend and Backend, App Designers and Developers, Accounts and Technical Supports, and so on.
SDEAS also proudly offers the first ever sign language interpreting program in the Philippines!
The Bachelor in Sign Language Interpretation or BSLI is a 3-year program designed to equip hearing students with the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to become professional sign language interpreters. BSLI prepares its graduates to become not only language facilitators but also cultural ambassadors between Deaf and hearing communities, through its comprehensive curriculum in Filipino Sign Language development, linguistics, history, interpreting theories and techniques, as well as mentoring opportunities, field assignments, and research. Possible career options for graduates of the BSLI program are Interpreter, Sign Language Instructor, NGO Worker, Deaf Course College Instructor, and Inclusion Advocate.
Batch 1 of applications for the BAPDST Program is from October 17 to December 15, 2022.
Batch 2 is from January 5 to March 15, 2023, and Batch 3 is from March 16 to April 15 of 2023.
SDEAS is also happy to announce that the Model Learning Institute on Deaf Centered Education (MLITEDCE) project of the Center for Education Advancement of the Deaf, through the generous support of The Nippon Foundation, has provided the MLITEDCE BSLI Study Grant for deserving students in the Bachelor in Sign Language Interpretation (BSLI). Filipino citizens who are not more than 35 years old, are high school graduates, and have passed the DLS-CSB SDEAS admission requirements may send their scholarship application from October 24 to November 3 and from November 21 to December 1. The BSLI Study Grant is a one-time offer with limited slots available. Visit bit.ly/studygrant for more information about the grant application process.
Deaf students may visit bit.ly/csbdeafapplication for admission requirements and procedures in English and in Filipino Sign Language. Hearing students can visit www.benilde.edu.ph/admission to launch their BSLI application.