122A.28 TEACHERS OF DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS; LICENSURE
Subdivision 1. K-12 license to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The Board of
Teaching must review and determine appropriate licensure requirements for a candidate for
a license or an applicant for a continuing license to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students in
prekindergarten through grade 12. In addition to other requirements, a candidate must demonstrate
the minimum level of proficiency in American sign language as determined by the board.
Subd. 2. Licensure for teaching oral/aural deaf education programs.
(a) The Board
of Teaching shall adopt a separate licensure rule for a candidate for a license or an applicant
for a continuing license to teach in oral/aural deaf education programs or to provide services,
including itinerant oral/aural deaf education services, to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in
prekindergarten through grade 12.
(b) The board shall design rule requirements for teaching oral/aural deaf education in
collaboration with representatives of parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing students,
postsecondary programs preparing teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and the
Department of Education.
(c) Rule requirements for teaching oral/aural deaf education shall reflect best practice
research in oral/aural deaf education. Advanced competencies in teaching deaf and
hard-of-hearing students through oral/aural modes shall be included.
(d) Licensure requirements for teachers of oral/aural deaf education must include minimum
competency in American sign language, but are not subject to the guidelines established in Laws
1993, chapter 224, article 3, section 32, as amended by Laws 1998, chapter 398, article 2, section
47. The signed communication proficiency interview shall not be required for teachers licensed to
teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students through oral/aural deaf education methods.
(e) Requirements for teachers or oral/aural deaf education shall include appropriate
continuing education requirements for renewing this licensure.
History: 1991 c 265 art 7 s 20; 1993 c 224 art 3 s 30; 1998 c 397 art 8 s 71,101; 1999 c 241
art 2 s 3; 2003 c 130 s 12