American Sign Language Interpreting

The American Sign Language Studies program uses a sociolinguistic and cultural approach to the instruction of sign language. This approach best models the language used both formally and informally by the Deaf community and is incorporated into all educational components of the ASLS curriculum. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in American Sign Language Interpreting provides academic instruction in the field of sign language interpreting. The program prepares interpreters to work in a variety of entry level settings with a diverse population. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared to take the national certification knowledge examination and to seek advanced degrees.

The American Sign Language Program can be completed in 2.5 years.

Official Program Description in the Course Catalog

National Certification Degree Requirements

All test candidates must have a degree from an accredited institution to stand for any Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf performance exam. RID has established the following minimum degree requirements:

  • Hearing candidates: associate degree – effective July 1, 2009; bachelor’s degree – effective July 1, 2012
  • Deaf candidates: associate degree – effective July 1, 2012; bachelor’s degree – effective July 1, 2016