Hearing college students required to master sign language for obtaining teaching license

According to the press release of Japan College of Social Work (Kiyose City, Tokyo), the College will set up the teacher training program for the special support school (Deaf) in fiscal year 2009 staring this April, and learning Japanese Sign Language in the program, required in obtaining the teaching license, will be the first time in the nation.

The teacher-training course of the special support education by the Ministry of Education does not require the sign language. The College's approach of that defends the right of deaf children to receive the education in their own language is paid attention.

The student is required to master JSL for 90 hours in total as an advanced condition to the training program. In the program there will be lectures only in JSL for a course. The student will practice teaching at Meiharu School, the first educational institution in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo taught in JSL.

Source in Japanese:



Hello, I think this is maybe a first in the world. In Belgium you get your degree first, then when you find work in a deaf school, you learn sign language. Greetings, Martin.

Deaf Japan News said...

Hi! Most Japanese hearing colleges/univesities have been doing the same way as your country. Japan College of Social Work has challenged one of the biggest issues that the Deaf children are faced in Japan. I hope their daring efforts will be succeessful!!