interpreting who joined William Woods University this semester, recently
achieved certification at the Professional level with the American Sign
Language Teacher Association (ASLTA).
after many years of experience, several levels of certification and several
rigorous exams. We are very proud that she is a part of WWU,” said Dr. Barbara
Garrett, ASL program director.
ASLTA, the teacher certified at the Professional level has demonstrated the
highest level of knowledge and skills in teaching ASL. These include knowledge
of curriculum development, evaluation, linguistics, and theoretical and
contemporary issues in the field of ASL teaching. Professional certification is
valid for eight years and may be renewed by meeting renewal requirements.
schools throughout Canada, as well as at Portland Community College and
Portland State University in Portland, Ore. She was an ASL instructor in
Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash., for eight years. For two years,
she coordinated an ASL immersion program, where students spent an entire week
learning and practicing ASL from morning to night.
from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and received her Master of
Education degree in adult education from the University of Phoenix in 2007.
because of the growing need for certified interpreters.
for many ASL teaching jobs, and required for some. In the future, I believe certification
will be required to teach,” said Ward.
Language earning ASLTA certification, there are many instructors who are
not certified at the entry level. The fact that Professor Ward has
pursued it all the way to the highest certification possible is quite an
achievement. My understanding is that the list of people nationwide who
have earned the level of Professional Certification is rather short.”
everything from American Sign Language, to Deaf culture classes, interpreting and
ethics. At WWU, she teaches Deaf People in Society, ASL I classes and an ASL IV
have such a need for good interpreters,” explained Ward.
such inspired student.
coming up with great ways to involve and engage the class,” she said.
just who I am.”