Expectations of Special Education Teachers
There are over forty expectations for special education teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. The expectations fall into five main categories which includes: understanding the deaf and hard of hearing culture and history; knowledge of communication methods, familiarity with referral, assessment, planning and placement procedures; knowledge of how to best serve individual student needs; and how to interact with a student's family and community to support the student's learning. To see a full list of the expectations read MN Rule 8710.5200.
Requirements for Special Education Teachers
A teacher of special education that is authorized to work with deaf and hard of hearing students are allowed to teach birth through 12 grade. The teacher can work with a student's family, other special education or general classroom teachers, and other specialized service providers. The person is required to have the following qualifications to be a licensed teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students: have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school; show the standards for effective practice; show core skill requirements; and verify that s/he has completed the Board of Teaching preparation program. MN Rule 8710.5200
Requirements for Special Education Teachers in ASL Proficiency
A teacher who has not achieved a survival plus proficiency in ASL needs to do 60 hours of continuing education in ASL, ASL linguistics, or Deaf culture, and show evidence of attempting or achieving survival plus level of ASL proficiency. A teacher who has achieved a survival plus proficiency in ASL needs to do 60 hours of continuing education in ASL, ASL linguistics, or Deaf culture. MN Rule 8710.5200
Requirements for Teachers of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Students
Teachers that are licensed to work with students that are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing must demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in ASL as determined by the board of teaching. There is a second licensure for teachers that work in oral/aural deaf education programs. The Board will create rule requirements with parents and educators that will reflect the "best practice research in oral/aural deaf education." Oral/Aural teachers also must show a minimal understanding of ASL. MN Statute 122A.28