TASC/TASC-ASL Certification Requirements

Teachers of Students Who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Below are the requirements for teachers seeking the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing certificate. All teachers who seek certification to teach in a signed communication classroom must pass the TASC. Persons who seek to teach in a classroom where other communication methods are primarily used are not required to pass the TASC for certification; however, they may be required to pass the test for assignment purposes.

Your Current Status

To Obtain the Teacher of the Deaf
and Hard-of-Hearing Certificate

You have never been certified as a teacher. 

Complete preparation requirements at an approved Educator Preparation Program in Texas and pass the following tests:

TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)*
  AND
TExES Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (181)
  AND EITHER**
TASC (072) or TASC/TASC-ASL (073)

You hold a valid Texas standard or lifetime teacher certificate in another subject or area.

Pass both of the following tests:

TExES Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (181)
  AND EITHER**
TASC (072) or TASC/TASC-ASL (073)

You possess a deaf education certificate issued by another state or country.

Have your credentials reviewed and approved by TEA and pass the following tests:

TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)*
  AND
TExES Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (181)
  AND EITHER**
TASC (072) or TASC/TASC-ASL (073)

 

* A temporary exemption certificate is available for individuals who have a hearing impairment so severe that they cannot process linguistic information with or without amplification (TEC §21.048[d][1]). Contact TEA at 1-512-936-8400 (voice) or through Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989 for more information. TASC is only required for individuals wishing to teach in a sign communication classroom.
**All persons seeking certification to teach students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (i.e., seeking the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing certificate) and who wish to teach in a sign communication classroom must pass the TASC. All persons seeking certification to teach ASL as a foreign language in public schools must hold an ASL certificate. Anyone seeking ASL certification must pass the TASC-ASL.

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American Sign Language Teachers

Individuals must be certified in American Sign Language (ASL) to teach ASL in Texas public schools (TAC §240.1). Persons must meet the requirements below to obtain ASL certification.

Your Current Status

To Obtain the American Sign Language (ASL) Certificate

You have never been certified as a teacher. 

Complete preparation requirements at an approved Educator Preparation Program in Texas and pass the following tests:

TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)*
  AND
TExES American Sign Language (ASL) (184)
  AND
TASC-ASL (073)

You hold a valid Texas standard or lifetime teacher certificate in another subject or area.

Pass both of the following tests:

TExES American Sign Language (ASL) (184)
  AND
TASC-ASL (073)

You possess an ASL certificate issued by another state or country.

Have your credentials reviewed and approved by TEA and pass the following tests:

TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)*
  AND
TExES American Sign Language (ASL) (184)
  AND
TASC-ASL (073)

* A temporary exemption certificate is available for individuals who have a hearing impairment so severe that they cannot process linguistic information with or without amplification (TEC §21.048[d][1]). Contact TEA at 1-512-936-8400 (voice) or through Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989 for more information. TASC is only required for individuals wishing to teach in a sign communication classroom. This exemption is not available for the American Sign Language examination (184).

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