1. Any public school or public institution of higher education in this state may offer
one or more courses in American Sign Language (ASL). American Sign Language shall be treated as a foreign language for academic credit
granting and receiving purposes when ASL is offered by a public school or public institution
of higher education in Missouri.
2. Any student enrolled in a public school or public institution of higher education
in this state that offers an American Sign Language course or courses as part of the
school's or institution's regular curriculum shall receive academic credit for such
course or courses if such school or institution provides academic credit for a course
or courses in any other foreign language. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a school or institution from offering nonacademic
credit ASL classes as part of the school's or institution's educational program.
3. Any student enrolled in a public school or public institution of higher education
in this state that offers an American Sign Language course or courses may earn academic
credit for such course by completing the course with a passing grade or by demonstrating
a proficiency in ASL at a level of competence equal to that taught in such course.
4. Academic credit received for taking an ASL course or demonstrating proficiency
in ASL shall be counted toward satisfaction of any foreign language or language arts
requirements of the public school or public institution of higher education, including
any foreign language or language arts entrance requirements of any public institution
of higher education.
5. Nothing in subsection 4 of this section shall be construed as limiting the ability
of individual departments in public institutions of higher education located in the
State of Missouri from establishing specific departmental language requirements for
majors that cannot be met by American Sign Language.
6. The Missouri commission for the deaf and hard of hearing and the Missouri American
Sign Language teachers association shall provide assistance, advice, and guidance
on the development, establishment, and teaching of American Sign Language courses
in Missouri public schools and public institutions of higher education as needed and
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