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ESE announces acceptable test for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication license

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce that in working in partnership with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), the Sign Language Proficiency Interview for American Sign Language (SLPI:ASL) will be used as the licensure assessment for candidates seeking a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing License in the area of American Sign Language/Total Communication.

Candidates seeking the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication license may apply for the credential online in ELAR and should contact MCDHH to register for the SLPI.

Please see the questions outlined below for some general information about the SLPIASL test. To learn about the requirements for the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing license (either ASL/Total Communication or Oral/Aural) please visit www.doe.mass.edu/licensurehelp or contact the Licensure Office at 781-338-6600 from Monday-Friday from 2:00-5:00.

How much does the SLPI cost?
$225

Where do I go to take it?
It varies. Contact MCDHH at 617-740-1690. MCDHH staff can travel to local programs and universities to test. For candidates from out of state or with other circumstances, contact MCDHH to make arrangements.

How do I sign up?
Contact MCDHH at 617-740-1690.

Is test preparation material available?
Please see the official SLPI website: http://www.rit.edu/ntid/slpi/home.

Is there an appeal process?
While there is no appeal process, a candidate may re-take the SLPI until a passing scored is received.

I have an official SLPI test score from out of state, will Massachusetts honor that?
Yes, please call MCDHH at 617-740-1690. Have your letter with SLPI test information available.



Last Updated: November 4, 2013
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