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​CSPG 41 - American Sign Language (ASL)

Modified: July 1, 2018

American Sign Language (ASL) is identified as a world language in the Public School Code. American Sign Language is a complete and autonomous human language with its own unique grammar and frequently used as a form of visual-spatial communication by the hearing-impaired communities.

Pathways to ASL Certification

The American Sign Language (4003) instructional certificate requires completion of an ASL program and may be earned by:

  • An educator who completes an approved ASL world language certification program and the appropriate testing requirements may apply for the ASL certificate.
  • Hearing Impaired PK-12 (9205) instructional certificate holders who pass the ASL content test may apply to add the subject area to their certificate.

Grade-Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid certificate for ASL is qualified to teach ASL courses to students in grades PK-12.

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid certificate for ASL may teach ASL courses and programs to students in grades PK-12:

  • For world language credit, as elective credit, or as non-credit exploratory courses; and
  • Including fundamental concepts and structures of communication, cultural understanding, and immersion of the language into the community.


  • An American Sign Language PK-12 (4003) certificate is required when world language credit is awarded.
  • The Hearing Impaired PK-12 (9205) instructional certificate is required to teach deaf and hearing impaired students with an Individualized Education Plan.

Special Considerations

An educator certified in this field may provide:

  • Professional development;
  • Service in the role of mentor/advisor; and
  • Assistance to students in understanding how to read content area materials.


24 P.S. §15-1524 Recognition of American Sign Language courses; CSPG #62 – Hearing Impaired PK-12 (12/1/2014); CSPG #45 – World Languages PK-12 (5/1/2014).

Related References

§14.105 Personnel (a) Paraprofessionals. (4)(b) Educational Interpreters.

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: June 1, 2015.

Summary of Changes

​Date of Revisions
​Major Changes to CSPG #41
  • Updated the pathways to certification.
  • Updated the staffing restrictions and information.
  • Created the first ASL CSPG.
  • Listed proposed pathways to certification.