Certification Overview and Process for Nationally Certified ASL Assessors/Trainers
The National ASL Assessor/Trainer 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 ASL Assessors/Educators apply various sign language assessment tools, explore ways of assessing a young children’s language and learning at home and in educational settings, and identify and discuss appropriate assessment approaches to meet the language and literacy needs of diverse children.
Type of Certificates: Two different certificates are being offered:
ASL Assessor/Trainer (requires a score of 4 and above on the ASLPI)
Trainer only (requires a score of 3 and above on the ASLPI)
Please see the position description in the next page.
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 receipt of a master’s degree (bachelor's degree + experience will be considered)
Evidence of having or pursuing certification or licensure, preferable in the area of early childhood education, deaf education, special education, or psychology
Certificate of attendance at the training workshops: "Assessing a Deaf Child's ASL Level II"
Updated Resume showing prior and/or current employment in an early childhood program or related field
Names of two references who are professionals with whom you have been affiliated (not from relatives, personal friends, neighbors, etc.)
Please complete and submit the application form for verification of your credentials along with payment of $150.00 including membership. Please click on the link below to complete this form. https://form.jotform.com/81836031222144
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 $50, plus membership and evidence of professional development activities.
ASL assessors/trainers are responsible for assessing children's sign language proficiency and development. They measure language skills through standardized tests (i.e., Visual Communication and Sign Language checklist, the ASL Receptive Test, etc.) Certified assessors have achieved a score of 4 or above on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), the minimum level to be qualified for this position. Certified ASL Assessors/Trainers are experienced practitioners working with children between the ages of 0-5 as well as workshop providers. Also, they earned a master’s degree in education, Deaf education, Early Childhood Education, special education or a related field. A bachelor's degree and experience will be considered.
National Certified ASL Trainer:
ASL trainers are responsible for training professionals on using ASL assessments; however, they are not qualified for assessing or measuring children’s language skills through standardized tests. A rating score of 3 and above on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is required for the position. In addition to scoring at least a level 3 on the ASLPI, Certified ASL Trainers hold specialized skills; they are experienced teachers, workshop providers, etc. Also, they earned a master’s degree in education, Deaf education, Early Childhood Education, special education or a related field. A bachelor's degree and experience will be considered.