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

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Recent WQAD and KWQC-TV6 reports drew attention to the serious demand for Sign Language Interpreters in the Quad Cities region. Read more about the story here.

Program Description for American Sign Language/English Interpreter

The American Sign Language/English Interpreter Program is an intensive two-year program after the completion of the Deaf Studies Certificate. It contains practical coursework for gaining proficiency in sign language through classroom style lectures, practicum, and hands on experience.

ASL Instructor communicating with students in American Sign Language

A solid general education background is an important attribute for job seekers; the curriculum includes college credits in math, English and the humanities. After the completion of the program, students can begin work at an entry-level position in the educational setting or freelance as a sign language interpreter. As a professional interpreter, you will provide access for consumers through communication facilitation and cultural mediation in a variety of settings.

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Award Options for American Sign Language/English Interpreter

  • Associate in Applied Science - American Sign Language/English Interpreter
    After completion of the Deaf Studies Certificate.

  • Certificate - Deaf Studies

Students practicing sign language interpreting

Job Outlook for American Sign Language/English Interpreter

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase 42 percent over the 2010-20 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Wage and salary interpreters and translators had median annual wages of $43,300 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,950, and the top 10 percent earned more than $86,410.

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