Sign Language Teacher

What is a Sign Language Teacher?

A teacher is someone who is qualified to educate learners. An effective teacher understands the needs of all students and ensures they receive quality learning. There are different roles available in teaching for example a Teacher of the Deaf or a mainstream teacher who teaches British Sign Language will need additional language qualifications or equivalent.

Average salary (per year)


Typical hours (a week)


You could work



We would always recommend that you hold language qualifications 2 levels above the level you wish to teach (if BSL/ISL is your first language you may not need to complete the qualifications, however a teaching qualification is recommended). For example, someone wishing to teach Level 1 Award in British/Irish Sign Language should have at least Level 3 Award in British/Irish Sign Language. It is also recommended that you may need a teaching qualification depending on the educational establishment you chose to work in.

To find out what qualifications are needed you can visit:

Government Website

UCAS website

Prospects website

BATOD website

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may have to:

  • plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
  • set up the classroom, organise displays and resources
  • teach whole class lessons, work with small groups and do practical activities
  • direct the work of learning support and teaching assistants
  • provide a safe and healthy environment and follow safeguarding procedures