OCEAN CITY, NJ (May 5, 2020) - Amy T. Andersen, an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher at Ocean City High School, has received a prestigious certification that only 41 other teachers in the entire country have also earned. Andersen recently completed the nearly year-long process for Master Level certification by the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA).
Of the nearly 650 teachers who are ASLTA members, only 89 have become certified by the association to teach ASL, with 41 of them completing the more rigorous requirements for Master Level certification. Andersen compiled a portfolio of video submissions, which included a lesson analysis, assessment discussions and a response to an advocacy scenario – all communicated via American Sign Language. She also completed a 30-minute ASL test and participated in a live interview using only ASL with Dr. Keith Cagle, former president of ASLTA and current Evaluation and Certification chair. Other requirements for certification included graduate-level coursework, which Andersen had previously completed when she earned her master’s in Deaf Education from McDaniel College.
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