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Sign Language Teaching: Training for

  • By: Raychelle Harris & Regan Thibodeau
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

In the United States, there are two accredited graduate degree programs specifically designed to prepare teachers of American Sign Language: Gallaudet University’s Masters in Sign Language Education, established Summer 2011, and University of Northern Colorado, established Summer 2014.

There are other types of certification, training programs, organizations, and conferences dedicated to professional development and advancement within the ASL teaching field including American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) and ASL RoundTable (ASLRT).

There are also numerous accredited degree programs with specializations or concentration areas situated in teaching of ASL, however, their full degree program is focused on the study of ASL, not the teaching of ASL. Those specializations or concentration areas may be between one to three courses focused on the teaching of ASL. Examples include University of ...

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