Sign Language / Interpreting


Sign Language / lnterpreting – Major S0801

The Mt.San Antonio College Interpreter Training Program is designed to prepare individuals for careers as Sign Language Interpreters. Interpreters are needed wherever communication happens between the hearing community and the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. There are an endless number of settings in which this communication takes place. Interpreters are employed by school districts, cruise ship companies, corporations, government agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, and a vast number of other organizations and private businesses.

Preparation for the program includes fluency in American Sign Language demonstrated by the completion of SIGN 104, American Sign Language 4, (or the equivalent skill) and English fluency demonstrated by the completion of ENGL 1A.

National Certification: There are many specialties within the field of Sign Language Interpreting, but the focus of this program is on preparing the interpreter generalist. Although requiring some type of certification is becoming more common in California, there are still many job opportunities for the precertified interpreter.

Completing the certificate in Sign Language/Interpreting does not make one a “Certified Interpreter;" however, graduates of this program are encouraged to apply for National Interpreting Certification (NIC) through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) at Students who complete the required courses listed below and who also complete the graduation requirements ofMt.San Antonio College will be awarded the Associate in Science degree in Sign Language/Interpreting.

Requirements for the Major
Required courses:
  • SIGN 105 American Sign Language 5
  • SIGN 108 Fingerspelling
  • SIGN 201 Deaf Perspectives
  • SIGN 202 American Deaf Culture
  • SIGN 210 American Sign Language Structure
  • SIGN 220 Translation: American Sign Language / English
  • SIGN 223 Principles of Interpreting
  • SIGN 225 Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters
  • SIGN 227 Cognitive Processing for Interpreters
  • SIGN 231 Interpreting
  • SIGN 232 Advanced Interpreting
  • SIGN 239 Practicum

Plus select three (3) courses from:

  • SIGN 99 Special Projects in Sign Language / Interpreting
  • SIGN 238 Oral Transliteration
  • SIGN 240 Vocabulary Building for Interpreters
  • SIGN 250 Interpreting with Classifiers
  • SIGN 260 Video Interpreting
  • SL 2 Linked Service Learning
Total Units 40 - 43