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The Certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting is designed to prepare students for licensure as interpreters for the deaf. This program is also designed to prepare students to sit for national exams of certification.



Students must demonstrate 4th semester proficiency in ASL. They must complete or be enrolled in ASL 203, ASL 110, and ITP 210 and declare intent to complete the program of study in order to apply for admission to the program. A questionnaire and preliminary assessment of sign language skills may be required.


Required Foundation Courses: 10 credits

4th Semester Language Proficiency and completion or enrollment in the following 10 credit hours.
Course Course Title Hours
ASL 110 Intro to Deaf Studies 3
ASL 203 American Sign Language V 4
ITP 210 Intro to Professional Interpreting and Ethics 3

Certificate Core Requirements: 23 credits

ASL 211 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
ITP 213 Consecutive Interpreting 4
ITP 214 Simultaneous Interpreting 4
ITP 215 Transliterating 3
ITP 216 Educational Interpreting 3
ITP 217 Interpreting Seminar 3
ITP 289 Internship I 3


The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates of this program will possess at the end of their program of study.


(used by permission from E. McCaffrey, American River College, CA 2007)


  • Discuss and apply knowledge of linguistic, cross-cultural and interpretation theories.
  • Demonstrate communicative competency in English and in ASL through effective communication in a variety of settings with speakers of varying age, gender, and ethnicity.
  • Analyze, identify and apply personal, professional and ethical decisions in a manner consistent with theoretical models and standard professional practice.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal competencies that foster effective communication and productive collaboration with colleagues, consumers and employers in an interpreting context.
  • Formulate effective interpretations both consecutively and simultaneously.
  • Develop an on-going professional action plan integrating interactions with D/deaf related organizations, connections with interpreter employers, and the implications of certification on the provision of interpreting.


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