Some states require ASLTA certification as one of the requirements for ASL teachers in K-12. If you’re interested in encouraging your state to adopt this requirement as well, here are suggested steps:
- Find an ally within your State Department of Education to work with you and your committee. Create your committee with representatives from ASLTA chapter, State RID chapter, State Association of the Deaf, representatives from foreign language departments, K-12 and State Department of Education. Do research on the state’s existing foreign/world language teacher certification regulations and other states’ regulations on ASL teacher certification.
- Then bring the proposal that fits in with the state’s certification approach to State Board of Education, Board of Regents or Superintendent for adopting new requirement.
- If it is not possible, then work with your State legislator ally to bring a legislation to require certification regulations for ASL teachers.
States Requiring Certification
June 30, 2014 — View the Proposed Standards for Licensure in American Sign Language (ASL), specifically pages numbered 11 and 12, for certification requirements for ASL Teachers. The North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction requires ASLTA Provisional Certification and a bachelor degree first before you can get a license from the State of North Carolina to teach ASL in K-12.