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Interpreter Education ASL.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Education
Effective as of Fall 2016

What is the program about?

The Interpreter Education program provides the unique opportunity for students to develop a solid foundation in language, linguistics, culture and interpretation and to master the skills necessary to successfully function as an interpreter for Deaf, Hard of  Hearing, and DeafBlind individuals in a variety of educational and community settings. Students will gain rich insights into the American Deaf community, their beliefs, values, history, rights and cultural norms. A grade of "C" or better is required in all ASL courses.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a minimum of entry-level competency in interpreting between ASL and English.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, computer literacy, information literacy and values/citizenship/community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical, ethical and practical foundations of the interpreting field necessary to pass the RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) written exam.
  • Demonstrate competency in both American Sign Language and spoken and written English.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to function as cross-cultural mediators in order to transmit and transfer culturally based linguistic and nonlinguistic information.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities are available in areas such as educational, community interpreter referral agencies, business, medical, legal, theatrical, governmental and religious interpreting settings.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


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Students who complete the ASLID program are eligible to apply to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired Five-Year Associate Licensure. Students interested in completing this degree program must have a full criminal background investigation completed before enrolling in Practicum I.


Course Title Credits
ASL 1101 Orientation to Deafness 3
ASL 1102 Interpreting Theory & Best Practices 3
ASL 1111 Beginning American Sign Language I 3
ASL 1112 Beginning American Sign Language II 3
ASL 1228 Intermediate American Sign Language I 3
ASL 1229 Intermediate American Sign Language II 3
ASL 2201 Interpreting I 3
ASL 2202 Interpreting II 3
ASL 2203 Interpreting III 3
ASL 2207 Role of the Interpreter 3
ASL 2212 Specialized Interpreting I 2
ASL 2213 Specialized Interpreting II 3
ASL 2231 Advanced American Sign Language I 3
ASL 2236 Transliterating & Signing Modalities 3
ASL 2261 Practicum I 3
ASL 2262 Practicum II 3
ASL 2300 Educational Interpreting 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1201 English Composition II 3
Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3
Ohio Transfer 36: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
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Program Accreditation Information

This program holds accreditation by the Ohio Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired Five-Year Associate Licensure.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.