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:
|Course Prefix||Course Name||Units|
|SIGN 105||American Sign Language 5||4|
|SIGN 201||Introduction to Deaf Studies||3|
|SIGN 202||American Deaf Culture||3|
|SIGN 210||American Sign Language Structure||3|
|SIGN 220||Translation: American Sign Language And English||4|
|SIGN 223||Principles of Interpreting||3|
|SIGN 225||Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters||2|
|SIGN 227||Cognitive Processing for Interpreters||4|
|SIGN 232||Advanced Interpreting||4|
|SIGN 239||Applied Interpreting||2|
|Choose three courses from the following:||5-5.5|
|Vocabulary Building for Interpreters|
|Interpreting with Classifiers|
|Special Projects in Sign Language/Interpreting|