Learn Sign Language Interpretation Skills
Through our Sign Language Interpretation A.S. Degree, you learn sign language skills, an understanding of Deaf culture and knowledge of the role of the interpreter so you can apprentice in sign language interpreting.
As part of your coursework, you may be eligible for the following industry certifications:
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Knowledge Test (written test only)
Continuing your education
Graduates of the sign language program are encouraged to continue with their bachelor's degree so they are eligible for testing at the national level. As of 2012, a bachelor's degree in any area is required to become a certified interpreter through the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Students in SPC's Sign Language Interpretation A.S. Degree participate in an intense practicum and internship at SPC and other sites in the community, which provide experience in the interpreting field.
Sign language classes for foreign language credit
A.A. degree students who did not take two years of foreign language in high school can satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking two consecutive semesters of American Sign Language with lab.
Professional, certified faculty
SPC instructors are certified by the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) and/or the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
Sign Language Interpretation careers
The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act has increased the need for skilled, qualified interpreters for the Deaf. Salaries vary based upon certification level, competency, experience, location and employer. The Tampa Bay area has the fifth largest Deaf population in the country. Certified Interpreters are hired to work for business, education, community organizations, medical facilities, government, law enforcement and more.