Concentrate your Studies in Educational Interpreting

SPC offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies and Community Leadership with a subplan in Educational Interpreting. The 60-credit hour program includes 30 credits of education courses and 30 credits of sign language interpreting courses.

In our new Educational Interpreting subplan, all education classes are offered every semester online. All Sign Language Interpreting classes are offered in a specific sequence at the Clearwater Campus. This combination of course delivery modes was designed to suit the needs of our working students and will allow for creative scheduling.

InterpREter CertificatioN requirements

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.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Interpreters and Translators

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Educational Studies and Community Leadership Bachelor of Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Kimberly Hartman
(727) 712-5890

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

Our Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and Community Leadership is an interdisciplinary program. Students seeking jobs in non-school settings benefit from portions of the essential knowledge and skills associated with the field of education. The Educational Studies and Community Leadership major has been specifically designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of the learning and teaching process, yet seek careers in non-school settings.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

13.9999: Education, Other.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Graduates of the Educational Studies and Community Leadership program can seek employment as a trainer, evaluator, policy analyst, researcher, fundraiser, among others, in community programs serving children and families, workforce development, religious centers, rehabilitative services, adult education centers, charities, prisons, and hospitals.
  • They also can pursue graduate or professional studies in areas such as public administration, education administration, educational policy, educational research, fundraising and philanthropic studies, law, international diplomacy, comparative and international education, social work, staff development, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurship.

Admission Rules

Students pursuing an A.A. degree in Education from St. Petersburg College should consult the Education A.A. portion of the catalog for General Education Requirements. For questions regarding admissions, please consult with the Dean of College of Education.

Prerequisites for admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) and Early Childhood Education (PREEDU) tracks:
o Admission to the College of Education: Educational Studies and Community Leadership
o Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Prerequisites for admission to the Educational Interpreting (SLIP) track:
o Admission to the College of Education: Educational Studies and Community Leadership
o Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
o AA Degree
o ASL 1140C Basic American Sign Language with Lab
o ASL 1150C Intermediate American Sign Language with Lab
o ASL 1160C Advanced American Sign Language with Lab
o ASL 2210C American Sign Language IV with Lab
o ASL 1300 Structure of American Sign Language
o ASL 1510 Introduction to Deaf Culture

Fully Online

Graduation Rules

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation.

Important notice to current Baccalaureate students: To view a list of the classes you need to take before you can graduate, login to MySPC and choose My Learning Plan. Contact your academic advisor with any questions.

*NOTE: FLDOE removed State Mandated Prerequisite course EDF 1005, May 2018.


Complete 23 credits

EDF 3660 Education and Public Policy in the United States 3
EDF 4632 Sociology of Education 3
EDF 4810 Comparative and International Education 3
GEB 3213 Business Communication for Professional Effectiveness 3
TSL 3080 ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 12 3
EDF 4650 Health, Safety, & Ethics in Youth & Family Settings 2
MAN 4102 Managing Cultural Diversity 3
EDF 3152 Nature of the Learner 3

Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 37 credits)

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) (Complete 37 credits)

EDF 4604 Education in America 3
EDF 3214 Student Development and Learning Principles K-12 3
EDF 4084 Cultural & Social Foundations of Education 3
EDF 4731 Youth Administration & Leadership Communication Techniques 3
EDF 4754 Theoretical & Practical Issues in Education 3
EEX 3012 Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-12 3
MAN 3301 Public Personnel Management 3
MAN 4625 Managing Global Human Resources 3
PAD 4232 Grant Administration & Resource Development 3
EDF 4123 Design & Implementation of Youth Programs 3
EDF 4430 Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-12 3
EDG 4940 EDST Internship 4

Early Childhood Education (PREEDU) (Complete 37 credits)

EEC 3005 Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood 3
EEC 3009 Foundations of Early Childhood and Education 3
EEC 3204 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
EEC 3403 Young Children with Special Needs 3
EEC 3413 Working With Diverse Families in Early Childhood Education 3
EEC 4207 Assessment and Evaluation of Young Children 3
EEC 4212 STEM in Early Childhood 3
EEC 4227 Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education 3
EEC 4408 Family, Teacher, and Community Relations in Early Childhood Education 3
EEC 4706 Early and Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood 3
EEC 3266 Program Planning for Infants & Toddlers 3
EEC 4948 Early Childhood Education Internship 4

Educational Interpreting (SLIP) (Complete 37 credits)

EDF 4430 Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-12 3
INT 3004 Fundamentals of Interpreting 3
INT 3205C Introduction to Interpreting 4
INT 4260 Simultaneous Interpreting Skills 4
INT 3406 Sign to Voice (ASL/English) Interpreting 3
INT 3270 Consecutive Interpreting Skills 4
INT 3407 Advanced Sign to Voice (ASL/English) Interpreting 3
INT 4211 Transliterating 3
INT 3404 Advanced ASL Interpreting and Translation in Educational Settings 3
INT 3403 Issues in Educational Interpreting 3
INT 4944 Interpreting Internship 4
Total Credits 120

Associate in Arts transfer plan at SPC

SPC is now offering an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree transfer plan in American Sign Language Studies that gives you a seamless transition into our Educational Interpreting sub-plan in B.S. in Educational Studies and Community Leadership.

Educational Studies and Community Leadership B.S. Degree - Educational Interpreting Track

Admission to the Educational Studies and Community Leadership with a subplan in Educational Interpreting