Visual Communication Sign Language: ASL Evaluators only
The Visual Communication Sign Language: ASL Evaluator Certification: Birth to 5 is awarded to professionals who have completed specialized training and possess competencies related to evaluation, assessment, and education of children birth to 5 who use ASL. Through a transdisciplinary approach, the ASL professionals who are certified evaluators are qualified to administer the Visual Communication and Sign Language (VCSL) checklist, a sign language assessment to evaluate young children’s language development in the home environment and in educational settings. In addition, evaluators identify and discuss appropriate assessment approaches to meet the language and literacy needs of diverse children who may need additional assessments.
Who is qualified to administer the VCSL? Certified evaluators must exhibit the following requirements:
ASL fluency by scoring a minimum of Level 4 on the ASLPI
Practitioner working with children between the ages of 0-5 regularly
Knowledge of ASL and English psycholinguistics, developmental language milestones, cognitive and social child development
Knowledge of Deaf culture as well as the diverse cultures represented by children who will be evaluated
Knowledge of general assessments in cognitive, social, language, and emergent literacy domains
Understanding of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and/or Individual Educational Program (IEP)
The following items must be submitted electronically along with your application form:
Evidence of American Sign Language proficiency (ASLPI results)*
Transcript from an accredited university indicating successful completion of a master’s degree (bachelor's degree + experience will be considered)
Evidence of completion of courses leading to teacher certification or licensure, preferable in the area of early childhood education, deaf education, special education, or psychology
Proof of participating in a VCSL training workshop conducted by approved VCSL Trainers and/or certified ASL Assessors/Trainers
Updated resume showing prior and/or current employment in an early childhood program or an area related to working with families
Names of two references who are professionals with whom you have been affiliated (not from relatives, personal friends, neighbors, etc.)
Once you met the requirements, your certification and a business card with a photo will be awarded and posted on the website, www.bilingualece.org.
After you are certified, your annual certification fee is $25, plus maintaining membership in the National ASL/English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Educators (NAEBCECE) and evidence of professional development activities.