Pennsylvania Statutes Title 24 P.S. Education § 15-1524. Recognition of American Sign Language courses

(a) A student shall receive credit for completion of a course in American Sign Language at the high school level toward the satisfaction of the foreign language requirements included in requirements for graduation established pursuant to 22 Pa. Code Ch. 4 (relating to academic standards and assessment).

(b) The teaching of American Sign Language as a language alternative in the public schools of this Commonwealth shall be provided by a properly certificated person as required by Article XII.   1

(c) A properly certificated person shall hold a certificate to teach according to section 1201   2 and provide proof of the successful completion of a Department of Education-approved program in American Sign Language.

(d) For purposes of this section, “American Sign Language” means the complete and autonomous human language with its own unique grammar frequently used as a form of communication by the hearing-impaired communities.

1 24 P.S. § 12-1201 et seq.
2 24 P.S. § 12-1201.

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