American Sign Language/English Interpreter, Associate in Applied Science Degree

New State of Iowa program can pay your tuition, click here to find out more about the Last Dollar Scholarship.

If you’re looking for a rewarding and dynamic career path that allows you to support and improve communication access, you’ve come to the right place. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is the only college in Iowa to offer an American Sign Language - English Interpreting AAS Degree and Deaf Studies Certificate.

American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most popular language in America. It contains phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax and pragmatics, just like spoken languages. ASL is both a manual and a visual language; the information is encoded with the shape and movement of the hands and other parts of the body, as well as facial expressions.

Award Options for American Sign Language/English Interpreter

The college offers two award options, delivered both on-campus and online.


We’ve made it easier for you to make your educational goals possible. Beginning fall 2022, you can complete the majority of your coursework for the Deaf Studies Certificate and ASL-EI AAS online. Study on your time and from a location that fits into your busy schedule. All you need is internet access and a web camera to get started!

Lectures and coursework are housed online via Canvas, the college’s course management system. Instructional video content is provided by DawnSignPress, the nation’s leading publisher of ASL and deaf film, literature and software, based in San Diego, California.

Regardless of geographic location, online students will be required to complete an in-person workshop totaling two-days each semester. The workshops will give you the chance to practice your skills face-to-face and communicate with members of the deaf community as well as fellow peers in the classroom.

With this new format, you can work toward your degree from anywhere, at any time of day, and then put your skills to practice during the full-day workshops. It’s the best of both worlds - flexible and hands-on.

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About The Program

EICC’s American Sign Language (ASL) - English Interpreting AAS Degree is an “advanced standing” program that requires students to first complete the Deaf Studies Certificate before entering into the AAS program.

With classes taught by an experienced professional, you’ll gain a strong foundation in ASL—learning how to adhere to correct linguistic structures and cultural norms. You’ll study deaf history, professional ethical standards, fields of specialty, and more.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to sit for the following exams:

  • Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)
  • The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) National Interpreter Certification (NIC)
  • Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) certification

See Professional Licensure for more information.

Iowa residents can take advantage of Iowa’s Last Dollar Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition and institution-wide fees for the program.

What can you do with a degree in American Sign Language?

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting is a rapidly expanding human service professional field that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing populations. Interpreters are utilized for a number of settings including educational, medical, legal, religious, business, video relay services and entertainment, among others.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 24 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because the demand is so high for ASL Interpreters, you’re almost guaranteed to find work—many of our graduates go on to work in:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Courtrooms
  • Churches
  • Business offices
  • Entertainment

Use the tool below to see a full report for this career field. For further guidance, you can connect with an academic advisor to discuss your specific career goals.



Diane Roebuck, Instructor

American Sign Language - English Interpreting
563-441-4024 |



NOTE: The ASL I - VI classes can be taken for Foreign Language credit at the state universities and some private colleges.

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