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Contact: Sandon LarsonTitle: Department ChairContact: slarson6@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Sign Language Interpreting

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Degree S0801
The Mt. San Antonio College Interpreter Education Program’s mission is to inspire students and to provide a brave space for students to learn a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to interpret languages and cultures among diverse signing and non-signing populations while cultivating students’ professional dispositions: equity mindedness, ethical decision making, interpersonal skills, lifelong learning, and world knowledge. Our program is based the competencies and curriculum set by the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).

Sign Language Interpreters are needed wherever communication happens between diverse signing and non-signing populations. This type of work requires interpreters of diverse languages, cultures, and backgrounds to work with a wide range of consumers. Interpreters are employed by video relay companies, school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, medical settings, corporations, nonprofits, and private businesses. 

After graduation, the graduates are encouraged to seek higher education and internship opportunities. Students can take credentialing exams such as the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) or the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI). With a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, interpreters can take the National Interpreter Certification (NIC). The State of California does not currently require a license to work as a general interpreter. Certification is the preference of hiring entities and consumers. There are requirements to work as an educational interpreter. Students will learn a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to interpret. 

Resources:
CCIE 
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NIC)
Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment
Board for Evaluation of Interpreters in Texas

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:
Required Courses

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Interpreters and Translators

      Interpreters and Translators

      SOC Career Code: 27-3091.00

      Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $21.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $66,543.86
      Annual Job Openings
      1,235

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages

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  • Sign Language Interpreting

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
    Degree S0801
    The Mt. San Antonio College Interpreter Education Program’s mission is to inspire students and to provide a brave space for students to learn a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to interpret languages and cultures among diverse signing and non-signing populations while cultivating students’ professional dispositions: equity mindedness, ethical decision making, interpersonal skills, lifelong learning, and world knowledge. Our program is based the competencies and curriculum set by the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).

    Sign Language Interpreters are needed wherever communication happens between diverse signing and non-signing populations. This type of work requires interpreters of diverse languages, cultures, and backgrounds to work with a wide range of consumers. Interpreters are employed by video relay companies, school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, medical settings, corporations, nonprofits, and private businesses. 

    After graduation, the graduates are encouraged to seek higher education and internship opportunities. Students can take credentialing exams such as the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) or the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI). With a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, interpreters can take the National Interpreter Certification (NIC). The State of California does not currently require a license to work as a general interpreter. Certification is the preference of hiring entities and consumers. There are requirements to work as an educational interpreter. Students will learn a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to interpret. 

    Resources:
    CCIE 
    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NIC)
    Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters in Texas

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:
    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    ENGL 1AFreshman Composition4
    or ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition - Honors
    or ENGL 1AM College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
    or AMLA 1A College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
    SIGN 101American Sign Language 14
    or SIGN 101H American Sign Language 1 - Honors
    SIGN 102American Sign Language 24
    SIGN 103American Sign Language 34
    SIGN 104American Sign Language 44
    SIGN 105American Sign Language 54
    SIGN 201Introduction to Deaf Studies3
    SIGN 202Cultures in the Deaf Community3
    SIGN 206Social Justice and Intersectionality within the Deaf Community3
    SIGN 212American Sign Language Features and Linguistics3
    SIGN 213Linguistics for Interpreters3
    SIGN 223Introduction to Interpreting3
    SIGN 227Interpreting 1: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 231Interpreting 2: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 232Interpreting 3: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 239Interpreting 4: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 241Video Interpreting3
    SIGN 243Team Interpreting3
    SIGN 245Business of Interpreting and Assessment Preparation1.5
    SIGN 247Interpreting Capstone and Reflective Practice3
    SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
    or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
    Required Electives
    Complete a minimum of 6 units from the following:6
    SIGN 208
    Creative Uses of American Sign Language
    SIGN 249
    Community Interpreting
    SIGN 251
    Interpreting with Diverse Consumers
    SIGN 253
    K-12 and Mock Interpreting
    SIGN 255
    Post-Secondary and Mock Interpreting
    SIGN 257
    Performance Arts Interpreting
    SIGN 259
    Trilingual Interpreting
    SIGN 261
    Complex Topics in Interpreting
    SIGN 299
    Special Projects in Sign Language/Interpreting
    Total Units78.5

    Sign Language Interpreting Department Website 

  • Sign Language Interpreting

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
    Certificate T0801

    The Mt. San Antonio College Interpreter Education Program’s mission is to inspire students and to provide a brave space for students to learn a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to interpret languages and cultures among diverse signing and non-signing populations while cultivating students’ professional dispositions: equity mindedness, ethical decision making, interpersonal skills, lifelong learning, and world knowledge. Our program is based the competencies and curriculum set by the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).

    Sign Language Interpreters are needed wherever communication happens between diverse signing and non-signing populations. This type of work requires interpreters of diverse languages, cultures, and backgrounds to work with a wide range of consumers. Interpreters are employed by video relay companies, school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, medical settings, corporations, nonprofits, and private businesses. 

    After graduation, the graduates are encouraged to seek higher education and internship opportunities. Students can take credentialing exams such as the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) or the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI). With a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, interpreters can take the National Interpreter Certification (NIC). The State of California does not currently require a license to work as a general interpreter. Certification is the preference of hiring entities and consumers. There are requirements to work as an educational interpreter. Students will learn a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to interpret. 

    Resources:
    CCIE 
    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NIC)
    Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters in Texas

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    ENGL 1AFreshman Composition4
    or ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition - Honors
    or ENGL 1AM College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
    or AMLA 1A College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
    SIGN 101American Sign Language 14
    or SIGN 101H American Sign Language 1 - Honors
    SIGN 102American Sign Language 24
    SIGN 103American Sign Language 34
    SIGN 104American Sign Language 44
    SIGN 105American Sign Language 54
    SIGN 201Introduction to Deaf Studies3
    SIGN 202Cultures in the Deaf Community3
    SIGN 206Social Justice and Intersectionality within the Deaf Community3
    SIGN 212American Sign Language Features and Linguistics3
    SIGN 213Linguistics for Interpreters3
    SIGN 223Introduction to Interpreting3
    SIGN 227Interpreting 1: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 231Interpreting 2: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 232Interpreting 3: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 239Interpreting 4: Skills, Equity, and Ethics4
    SIGN 241Video Interpreting3
    SIGN 243Team Interpreting3
    SIGN 245Business of Interpreting and Assessment Preparation1.5
    SIGN 247Interpreting Capstone and Reflective Practice3
    SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
    or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
    Required Electives
    Complete a minimum of 6 units from the following:6
    SIGN 208
    Creative Uses of American Sign Language
    SIGN 249
    Community Interpreting
    SIGN 251
    Interpreting with Diverse Consumers
    SIGN 253
    K-12 and Mock Interpreting
    SIGN 255
    Post-Secondary and Mock Interpreting
    SIGN 257
    Performance Arts Interpreting
    SIGN 259
    Trilingual Interpreting
    SIGN 261
    Complex Topics in Interpreting
    SIGN 299
    Special Projects in Sign Language/Interpreting
    Total Units78.5

    Sign Language Interpreting Department Website 

Contacts

Department Contact

Contact: Sandon LarsonTitle: Department ChairContact: slarson6@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Location: Building 66-214BPhone: (909) 212-0139