Oregon Administrative Rules
584 - Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
Division 225 - SPECIALIZATIONS
584-225-0030 - American Sign Language Specialization
American Sign Language Specialization
(1) Purpose: An American Sign Language specialization indicates that an educator has obtained additional and specialized training to communicate and teach prekindergarten through grade 12 students in American Sign Language learning environments.
(2) A specialization is an optional indication of specialized expertise or preparation in an area the Commission recognizes as “added value” on a license. A specialization indicates the educator has demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skills and related abilities in that area. A specialization must meet standards set by the Commission. A specialization is not required to teach in the specialization area indicated on the license.
(3) Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to add an American Sign Language specialization to an Oregon educator license, an applicant must:
(a) Possess an active and valid non-provisional Oregon educator license;
(b) Hold an American Sign Language Teacher Association (ASLTA) Provisional, Qualified or Professional Certification;
(c) Complete a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in teaching American Sign Language or equivalent preparation that meets the competency standards set forth in this rule. The Executive Director or Director of Licensure will make the determination if applicant’s equivalent preparation is sufficient to meet the competency standards.
(d) Provide evidence of American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) rating of 3 or better; or, an ASLPI rating of Advanced Plus; and
(e) Complete a Commission-approved program for American Sign Language (ASL) specialization as provided in OAR 584-420-0600 or equivalent preparation that meets the competency standards set forth in this rule. The Executive Director or Director of Licensure will make the determination if an applicant’s equivalent preparation is sufficient to meet the competency standards.
(f) Submit a complete and correct application to obtain the specialization in the form and manner required by the Commission, including payment of all required fees as provided in OAR 584-200-0050.
NOTE 2: Adding the specialization at the time of renewal will not require an additional cost to the licensure renewal process.
(4) The specialization will be indicated as follows on the license: World Language Specialization: American Sign Language.
(5) Except for a Limited Teaching License, a World Language: American Sign Language (ASL) specialization may not be added to a provisional license;
(6) Once the specialization is noted on a license, it may only be removed at the educator’s request.
Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 342
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 342.120–342.430, 342.455-342.495 & 342.553
TSPC 1-2016, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-16
TSPC 13-2015(Temp), f. 11-13-15, cert. ef. 1-1-16 thru 6-28-16