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Sign Language Interpreting

Education and Training career cluster

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (65 semester credit hours)
  • Certificates:
    • Level 1 (16–30 semester credit hours)
    • Level 2 (52 semester credit hours)
  • Full program is offered at: Trinity River Campus

Summary

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.

Degree

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.

Certificates

Level 1

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

Level 2

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

 

Contact

Trinity River Campus

Communication and Fine Arts Department
Sammie Sheppard, Sign Language Interpreting Program Coordinator
817-515-1333
sammie.sheppard@tccd.edu

 

Updated November 30, 2017