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American Sign Language-English Interpretation

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The degree in American Sign Language (ASL) -- English Interpretation is designed to prepare individuals for a career in sign language interpretation.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: A majority of full-time ASL -- English interpretation positions in the Commonwealth are found in the K-12 public school setting. The minimum requirement to work as an ASL -- English interpreter in the K-12 setting in Virginia is a VQAS Level III, an EIPA of 3.5 or higher, or National Interpreting Certificate (NIC) certification. Those interpreters who attain NIC certification may also consider freelance and contract interpreting opportunities, including the expanding fields of video relay service (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI), which both utilize interactive video technology via the Internet.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: ASL -- English Interpretation is a two-year, full-time course of study that enrolls new students annually to begin coursework during the spring or summer semester with programmatic content provided year-round until completion. Candidates for admission to the program must provide evidence of fluency in both English and ASL. Fluency in English is demonstrated by placement into ENG 111. Fluency in ASL is demonstrated by completion of the American Sign Language Career Studies Certificate. Fluency in ASL may also be demonstrated through a diagnostic interview with the American Sign Language and Interpreter Education (ASL&IE) coordinator.

Successful completion of the 3-step NIC process results in national certification as an ASL -- English Interpreter, which may be maintained through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) via continuing education. As of July 1, 2012, individuals are required to have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, as determined by the National Council on Interpreting (NCI), in order to sit for the NIC evaluation. For more information, please contact the ASL&IE coordinator regarding alternative pathways to certification (i.e., without a bachelor's degree). For more information on the NIC, please visit

As part of the ASL -- English Interpretation AAS curriculum, the student must receive a passing score on either the VQAS, EIPA, or NIC written assessment portion and “C” or higher in INT 130 prior to initiating INT 280, Interpreter Assessment Preparation. It is typical for students to sit for the VQAS or EIPA performance exam during the fall semester, year 2. Initiation of INT 290, ASL -- English Interpretation Internship, during the spring of year 2 is typical. The Virginia Quality Assurance Screening (VQAS) is a state screening, valid for three years by which time the interpreter must be screened again or the credential is no longer valid. For more information on the VQAS, please visit  or contact the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) at 1-800-552-7917 [V/TTY]. The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) is administered by Boys’ Town. For more information, please visit


Books and Supplies         $400 first semester; $200 for all other semesters
Certification/Testing Fees

Contact RID for NIC fees; contact VDDHH for VQAS fees; contact Boys' Town for EIPA fees

 Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.


Summer, Year 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
INT 105 Interpreting Foundations I (English) 4 0 4
INT 106 Interpreting Foundations II (ASL) 4 0 4
TOTAL 9 0 9
Fall, Year 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
INT 107 Translation Skills 4 0 4
INT 1331 ASL-to-English Interpretation I 2 2 3
INT 1341 English-to-ASL Interpretation I 2 2 3
TOTAL 11 4 13
Spring, Year 1
INT 1302 Interpreting: An Introduction to the Profession 3 0 3
INT 2331 ASL-to-English Interpretation II 2 2 3
INT 2341 English-to-ASL Interpretation II 2 2 3
ASL 225 Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community 3 0 3
TOTAL 10 4 12
Summer, Year 2
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
INT 2802 Interpreter Assessment Preparation 3 0 3
TOTAL 6 0 6
Fall, Year 2
INT 237 Interpreting ASL in Safe Settings 3 0 3
______3 Personal Wellness Elective 1 0 1




ASL or INT Elective 3 0 3
INT 250 Dialogic Interpretation I 3 0 3
MTH 1205 Introduction to Mathematics 3 0 3
TOTAL 13 0 13
Spring, Year 2
INT 2906 ASL-English Interpreter Internship 0 12 3
______3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 3




ASL or INT Elective 3 0 3
CST 1007 Principles of  Public Speaking 3 0 3
TOTAL 9 12 12
Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in  ASL-English Interpretation     65


1 INT 133-134 and INT 233-234 are course tandems that are designed to be taken concurrently.

2 Successful completion of INT 130 with "C" or higher and successful completion of either the VQAS written test or EIPA written test, typically as part of INT 130 are required prior to enrolling in INT 280, Interpreter Assessment Preparation.

3 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

4 Students should consult with the ASL&IE coordinator to select from various ASL (American Sign Language) and INT (Interpreter Education) elective offerings, which vary from semester to semester.

5 Students who provide documentation from a receiving institution that supports selection of a different course to satisfy the MTH 120 requirement may substitute that course, pending ASL&IE coordinator approval. Students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution may substitute MTH 170 or MTH 163 for MTH 120. 

6 In order to be placed in an internship (INT 290, spring year 2), the student must sit for and be awarded an interpreting credential (e.g., VQAS level, EIPA award, or NIC certification) or demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a mock ASL-English interpreter assessment approved by the ASL&IE coordinator.

7 Students who provide documentation from a receiving institution that supports selection of a different course to satisfy the CST requirement may substitute that course, pending ASL&IE coordinator approval.