• Sign Language Interpreter Preparation

    Learn the skills for entry-level employment as a sign language interpreter who works to facilitate communication between hearing people and individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Sign Language Interpreter Preparation

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Sign Language Interpreter Preparation

In addition to sign language skills, M State's 64-credit AAS degree in Sign Language Interpreter Preparation provides students with an understanding of Deaf culture and the role of interpreters. Students are immersed in the Deaf community and culture and learn in the classroom, in practice labs and through internships where they gain experience on the job.

You'll apply the skills you've learned during supervised internships that provide valuable on-the-job experience.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • An appreciation for American Sign Language andfor deaf individuals and their linguistic and cultural diversity, values and social customs
  • Correct use of ASL
  • How to work as a member of a team of interpreters
  • Interpreting in front of an audience
  • Professional communicating strategies
  • Appropriate role of an interpreter
  • Issues relevant to the Deaf community and interpreting
  • Need for confidentiality
  • Interpreter certification preparation

o M State introduces students to interpreter certification exams and provides study materials for both the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) and the National Interpreter Certification (NIC). M State is an approved EIPA test site.


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Learn from experienced instructors
  • Participate in social and cultural activities with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing


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Interpretor and Translator regional wage

Interpretor and Translator regional wage


Career opportunities

The demand for sign language interpreters is high. Many interpreters work as independent contractors, and there are additional career opportunities for interpreters in education, including grades K-12 and college or university, community facilities/events, social Service agencies, law offices and the court system, medical fields and vocational rehabilitation.

Description: Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead


Interpretor and Translator employment

289 Employed in your area

10 Estimated annual job openings

58 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Interpreters and Translators in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 45 16%
25-34 76 26%
35-44 56 19%
45-54 54 19%
55-64 40 14%
65+ 18 6%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required Sign Language Interpreter Preparation courses

  • American Sign Language and Deaf Culture I, II,III, IV and V
  • Advanced Fingerspelling, Numbers and Classifiers
  • Linguistics of American Sign Language
  • Introduction to Interpreting
  • Beginning and Advanced American Sign Language to English
  • Beginning and Advanced English to American Sign Language
  • Educational Interpreting
  • Topics in Interpreting
  • Practicum
  • Interpreting Internship
  • Internship Seminar

Last modified: June 22nd, 2015 at 11:21am