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.
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.
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.
Sign Language Interpreter Preparation Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Sign Language Interpreting - Medical Certificate
The Sign Language Interpreter Preparation program prepares individuals to work as interpreters facilitating and mediating communication between deaf/hard of hearing and hearing people. Students will gain sign language skills, an understanding of deaf culture, knowledge of the interpreter's role and skill development for the profession of sign language interpreting. Students will experience a variety of learning environments including classroom work, laboratory practice and field placement.
The Sign Language Interpreting - Medical program provides specialized training for sign language interpreters interested in pursuing the field of medical interpreting. Students will be introduced to medical terminology, human body systems, medical interpreting, and ethical decision making. Students will expand their existing interpreting skills and prepare to facilitate communication between patients who use American Sign Language (ASL) and their medical care providers.
Interpretor and Translator regional wage
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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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.
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