Getting Started

Congratulations on your decision to pursue ASLTA certification! Review each step carefully. You must complete each step in order to move forward with ASLTA certification. 

You must have ASLTA membership at the Associate level before you can begin the ASLTA certification process.

  1. If you need to join ASLTA or renew your ASLTA membership, click here.
  2. If you already have Supporting membership and need to upgrade it to the Associate level, click here.

Have your ASL proficiency assessed by either the ASLPI or SLPI:ASL. Both the ASLPI and SLPI:ASL are performed by external raters unaffiliated with ASLTA. For information on fees, assessment procedures, and scheduling, contact each office using the links below.

Note:

  1. ASLPI or SLPI:ASL scores that are less than 5 years old are acceptable.
  2. For information on the ASLPI assessment, click here.
  3. For information on the SLPI:ASL assessment, click here.

Carefully review the eligibility criteria for both CERTIFIED and MASTER certifications. You will need to provide documentation showing you meet each requirement.

CERTIFIED Requirements

You must have at least a B.A. or B.S. degree or higher, or have taught ASL for 20+ years, to qualify for ASLTA certification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have an ASLPI score of at least 3+ or Advanced on the SLPI:ASL.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in ASL Literature.

Note: You can take the optional Course Verification Interview to determine your knowledge of the topic in lieu of coursework. An additional fee applies for each Course Verification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in ASL Linguistics.

Note: You can take the optional Course Verification Interview to determine your knowledge of the topic in lieu of coursework. An additional fee applies for each Course Verification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in Deaf Culture / Deaf Community.

Note: You can take the optional Course Verification Interview to determine your knowledge of the topic in lieu of coursework. An additional fee applies for each Course Verification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

MASTER Requirements

You must have at least a B.A. or B.S. degree or higher to qualify for ASLTA certification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have an ASLPI score of at least 4 or Advanced Plus on the SLPI:ASL.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for MASTER certification. 

You must have taught ASL for at least 1,080 documented hours.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for MASTER certification. 

You must have experience teaching advanced ASL courses and developing advanced ASL courses.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for MASTER certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in ASL Literature.

Note: You can take the optional Course Verification Interview to determine your knowledge of the topic in lieu of coursework. An additional fee applies for each Course Verification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in ASL Linguistics.

Note: You can take the optional Course Verification Interview to determine your knowledge of the topic in lieu of coursework. An additional fee applies for each Course Verification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in ASL Literature.

Note: You can take the optional Course Verification Interview to determine your knowledge of the topic in lieu of coursework. An additional fee applies for each Course Verification.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for ASLTA certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in Teaching Methods. Effective ASL educators must have thorough knowledge in this key area, and it is required in order to pursue MASTER certification.

Note: This requirement is not eligible for the Course Verification Interview.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for MASTER certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in Assessment. Effective ASL educators must have thorough knowledge in this key area, and it is required in order to pursue MASTER certification.

Note: This requirement is not eligible for the Course Verification Interview.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for MASTER certification. 

You must have taken at least 3 credit hours of coursework in either Curriculum Development or Language Acquisition. Effective ASL educators must have thorough knowledge in this key area, and it is required in order to pursue MASTER certification.

Note: This requirement is not eligible for the Course Verification Interview.

Candidates who do not fulfill this requirement do not qualify for MASTER certification. 

You must document contributions to the field of ASL education beyond the classroom. Evidence includes:

  • Publications
  • Conference presentations
  • Mentoring other ASL educators
  • Community advocacy

Now that you have reviewed the eligibility requirements for ASLTA certification, please submit the application fee.

  • To pay the application fee for CERTIFIED certification, log in to your ASLTA account and click here.
  • To pay the application fee for MASTER certification, log in to your ASLTA account and click here.

After you have paid the fees for Certified or Master certification, fill out the ASLTA certification form. The application asks you for the following information:

  • Full name (as it will appear on your future certificate)
  • Address
  • Contact phone numbers and email
  • Which certification you are pursuing (Certified or Master)
  • Confirm that your ASLTA Associate membership is current*
  • Confirm that you have paid the application fee
  • Your area of expertise: Heritage language, World language, Elementary / Middle / High School, or College
  • Confirm you have taken the required coursework
  • Commit to upholding confidentiality about the ASLTA certification process

*Note: If your ASLTA membership is not current, your application will not be processed. It is your responsibility to ensure your membership is current. Verify your membership status by checking the ASLTA Directory or contacting the ASLTA Treasurer.

FILL OUT THE ASLTA CERTIFICATION APPLICATION HERE

Once you pay the ASLTA certification fees, a digital portfolio will be set up for you. That is where you will upload all required certification materials (videos, documents, transcripts, etc.).

The Evaluation Office will contact you within two weeks of paying the application fee with log-in details for your digital portfolio.

All required materials must be uploaded to your personal digital portfolio. Do not send any certification documents by email.

Your certification materials will not be evaluated until all required materials are uploaded to your digital portfolio. Once all the documents are completed, then two different evaluators will assess your materials. If both assessments are complementary, then you will be informed about the results. If two evaluators do not agree on the outcome, then a third evaluator will assess the portfolio and decide the result.

Applicants should expect to receive results within 6-8 weeks after all materials are uploaded to the digital portfolio. Some applications may take longer if a third evaluator is needed.

More questions? Visit the ASLTA Certification FAQ