This program prepares individuals to function as simultaneous and consecutive interpreters as well as translators of American Sign Language (ASL) and other signing systems employed to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing people, both voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpretation. This includes instruction in American Sign Language (ASL), alternative sign systems, finger spelling, vocabulary and expressive nuances, oral and text translation skills, cross-cultural communications, slang and colloquialisms, and technical interpretation.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Produce documented completion of a total of 54 observation hours, 27 mentorship hours, and 92 practicum hours.
  • Provide a completed portfolio, including, but not limited to, a resume, an introductory letter, business cards, intake form, invoice form, and Interpreter Kit.
  • Demonstrate entry-level interpreting skills before an exiting panel at the end of the 4th interpreting skills class. 
Required Courses (28.5 units)  Units
ASL-5  American Sign Language for Interpreters  4
ASL-10 Introduction to Sign Language Interpreting 3
ASL-11 American Sign Language Interpreting I 4.5
ASL-12 American Sign Language Interpreting II 4.5
ASL-13 American Sign Language Interpreting III 4.5
ASL-14 American Sign Language Interpreting IV/Practicum 2
ASL-20 Ethics and Professional Standards of Interpreting 3
ASL-22 American Deaf Culture 3

Associate of Science Degree
The Associate of Science Degree in Sign Language Interpreting will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.