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Contact: Sandon LarsonTitle: Department ChairContact: slarson6@mtsac.edu
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Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Certificate T0801

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, cruiseship companies, corporations, government agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, and a vast number of other organizations and private businesses.

Program Preparation: Preparation for the program includes fluency in American Sign Language demonstrated by the completion of SIGN 104, (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 www.rid.org.

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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
      $64.28

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $59,221.76
      Annual Job Openings
      1,568

      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

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  • Sign Language/Interpreting

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
    Certificate T0801

    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, cruiseship companies, corporations, government agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, and a vast number of other organizations and private businesses.

    Program Preparation: Preparation for the program includes fluency in American Sign Language demonstrated by the completion of SIGN 104, (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 www.rid.org.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    SIGN 105American Sign Language 54
    SIGN 108Fingerspelling2
    SIGN 201Introduction to Deaf Studies3
    SIGN 202American Deaf Culture3
    SIGN 210American Sign Language Structure3
    SIGN 220Translation: American Sign Language And English4
    SIGN 223Principles of Interpreting3
    SIGN 225Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters2
    SIGN 227Cognitive Processing for Interpreters4
    SIGN 231Interpreting4
    SIGN 232Advanced Interpreting4
    SIGN 239Applied Interpreting2
    Required Electives
    Choose three courses from the following:5-5.5
    SIGN 240
    Vocabulary Building for Interpreters
    SIGN 250
    Interpreting with Classifiers
    SIGN 260
    Video Interpreting
    SIGN 299
    Special Projects in Sign Language/Interpreting
    Total Units43-43.5

    Sign Language/Interpreting Department Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • Sign Language/Interpreting, AS

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
     


    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, cruiseship companies, corporations, government agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, and a vast number of other organizations and private businesses.

    Program Preparation: Preparation for the program includes fluency in American Sign Language demonstrated by the completion of SIGN 104, (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 www.rid.org.

    Students who complete the required courses listed below and who also complete the graduation requirements of Mt. San Antonio College will be awarded the Associate in Science degree in Sign Language/Interpreting.

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

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    SIGN 105American Sign Language 54
    SIGN 108Fingerspelling2
    SIGN 201Introduction to Deaf Studies3
    SIGN 202American Deaf Culture3
    SIGN 210American Sign Language Structure3
    SIGN 220Translation: American Sign Language And English4
    SIGN 223Principles of Interpreting3
    SIGN 225Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters2
    SIGN 227Cognitive Processing for Interpreters4
    SIGN 231Interpreting4
    SIGN 232Advanced Interpreting4
    SIGN 239Applied Interpreting2
    Required Electives
    Choose three courses from the following:5-5.5
    SIGN 240
    Vocabulary Building for Interpreters
    SIGN 250
    Interpreting with Classifiers
    SIGN 260
    Video Interpreting
    SIGN 299
    Special Projects in Sign Language/Interpreting
    Total Units43-43.5

    Sign Language/Interpreting Department Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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

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