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New Guidance Available for Applicants Seeking ASL or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Licensure

Both ASLPI & SLPI are approved

2/10/2021 7:49:48 AM

ASL version

If you are DeafBlind or prefer to watch the video in a slow-paced, high contrast format, watch the DeafBlind friendlier ASL version instead.

English version

New Guidance Available for Applicants Seeking American Sign Language or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Licensure.

This winter, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) adopted a new sign language proficiency exam to provide another avenue for candidates seeking an American Sign Language (ASL) or Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) license. The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is now accepted for meeting sign language proficiency requirements. PELSB will also continue to accept the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).

PELSB has created a guidance document that outlines the examination requirements for ASL and DHH licenses.

The document can be found on PELSB’s website.

If you have any questions about ASL or DHH licensure, please contact PELSB at

The stakeholders of the Collaborative Plan contributed to the discussion and decision process. The Collaborative Plan is a network of agencies, schools, and organizations that work together to create positive, systemic changes to achieve better education and career outcomes for students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing.


The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing thanks:

PELSB and the Collaborative Plan stakeholders for their work on improving systems.

Jimmy Beldon for ASL talent.

Patty McCutcheon for voiceover.

Keystone Interpreting Solutions for film production.


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