Being a sign language teacher for high school or college seems like a very broad topic to me. The more I think about it, the more profound it seems. I don't feel it's set in stone that I want to be a sign language teacher, but I feel it would be a good foundation so if I wanted to do a different field I could do so easily. I'm sure there is a lot of work that needs to be done to even qualify for a sign language teacher.
I need to have the ability to work in all kinds of environment, be it school, work, and every day situations as well as being fully informed in my special field. I need to be able to get my points across clearly and effectivly. I also need to be very involved in the community and "develop the skills and cultural norms necessary to function effectively within the Deaf Community" (Proposed Standards). I need applied linguistics, be educated in child development and learning, instruction, and leadership skills.
What I need to do at this point is really continue taking coursework for my general ASL studies to be an interpreter. If I want to be a teacher, I probably will have to take additional coursework. I would assume, that to become a teacher in a specific subject, one must major in their field of interest and then minor or double major in education. According to "How To Become a Teacher in Illinois" it says that it is required a completion of teachers prep program 18-32 credit hours of studying and pass the Illinois Certification Testing System with a few other steps as well. There are other requirements such as having a bachelor's degree, complete student teaching, and many other requirements.
To become an actual sign language teacher, from my research I would assume that I need to complete an interpreter program as well as a teaching program, complete required coursework, be certified in interpreting, and have a bachelor's degree. I found I was correct...