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Sign Language Interpreting

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (65 semester credit hours)
  • Certificates:
    • Level 1 (16–30 semester credit hours)
    • Enhanced Skills (6 semester credit hours)
  • Occupational Skills Award: 13 semester credit hours
  • Job opportunities: Careers
  • Full program is offered at: Trinity River Campus


A sign language interpreter facilitates communication from spoken English into American Sign Language and American Sign Language into spoken English.

Our program is designed to prepare you to communicate effectively in American Sign Language and offers you the opportunity to become part of the Deaf Community and Professional Organizations.

Topics covered include:

  • Finger spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Basic sentence structure
  • Non-verbal communications
  • American Deaf culture
  • Interpreting as a profession

Program Options

Special admission criteria apply.


Prepares you to take the basic level exam offered by the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) in the state of Texas. You take advanced courses and complete a required practicum in addition to the courses required for a certificate.


Level 1

Gives you basic communication skills in American Sign Language and can be used as foreign language transfer.

Enhanced Skills

Gives you foreign language credit and prepares you to use American Sign Language conversationally.

Occupational Skills Award



Trinity River Campus

Communication and Fine Arts Department
Sammie Sheppard, Sign Language Interpreting Program Coordinator


Updated June 17, 2019