Is it challenging to find a job in deaf education?
I am currently really interested in ASL studies and am looking into minoring in American-Sign Language in college along with a major in something in Health Science. I do not know much sign-language yet, but it's never too late to learn! I am just curious how hard it would be to find job opportunities if I really like the study and decide to focus my career on ASL. #college-major #education #college-minor #academic-advising #health-science #asl #deaf
Well if you ask me frankly then yes its a bit challenging and the reason why I say this because the requirements needed for this Job itself is very challenging Due to lack of a proper infrastructure for training and teaching Deaf children. In India today education of the Deaf is wholly inadequate. The main issue is accessibility. The method in which a Deaf child is to be educated should be a method that the child can understand. If oral language is not accessible to them, then this method is not going to work. So again If you ask me if it is challenging then Yes it is.
I have no idea where you are but I have a number of friends that are interrupters, meaning they have training in ASL and have taken a state exam to be an interrupter. According to the level of certification depends on the test that you take and yes the levels do matter. I worked with deaf and hard of hearing at the secondary level and those students did get in trouble. When we did not have a level 1 interrupter available the police department wouldn't touch the student because the arrest would not hold up in court. I also had a number of colleagues that were teachers of the auditorilly impaired. Like most educators, you must go to college and take courses just as any other educator. In addition to the education course work, you also take course work in education of the deaf and hard of hearing. After graduation, you will apply and receive a teaching certification just as any teacher, but you will also receive an endorsement in deaf and hard of hearing education. This certification is generally ALL-Level which means you may work from PreSchool to High School without going to obtain additional certifications. As you apply for jobs you have to look at the type of education you wish to work. You may work in an Aural school which does not allow sign language and each student is expected to talk. You may work in a school with total communication that uses sign language and verbal instruction. You may also find a facility that uses different manual communication system other than sign such as the Chrimic system or SEE or Signing Exact English. As you investigate colleges around the US, you will see the different systems that are available. As for jobs, vacancies in deaf ed is abundant and most likely not be a problem in gaining employment, but remember, it is in education and you will not have many peers to support you unless you gain employment in a large school district.
Careers in the field vary in terms of age ranges, settings, and educational scope. Volunteering in hospitals, researching jobs and college programs, and learning sign language are all helpful in choosing a career path.
Narrowing down a specific direction within a particular occupation also helps in the process of selecting a career working with deaf people. For example, candidates interested in a counseling job may decide to focus only on working with deaf clients. Others may choose to work with the hard of hearing as a sign language instructor, but specializing in teaching preschool children.
Some settings which employ people who work with the deaf and the hard of hearing include:
Mental health clinics
Social service agencies
Hearing and speech agencies
Hospitals and clinics
Public and private schools
These links below can help you pursue opportunities in the area, and you can even post your resume:
All the luck for you!!!
I'm not sure if your interests solely relate to ASL, but I would encourage you to also look into and consider a career as a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) or Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). These individuals also work with deaf children in school settings or in private therapy offices and have a lot of wonderful impact on deaf or hard of hearing children. My daughter is deaf and uses cochlear implants to hear and our TOD and SLP have been extensions of our family. They have made such a huge difference in our lives and seem to truly love their careers.
All the best,