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The Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree prepares graduates for entry-level interpreting positions where persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and hearing persons must communicate with each other. The associate degree program offers extensive course work in American Sign Language, knowledge, theory, and skills related to the practice profession of interpreting. A language lab helps students develop ASL and interpreting skills. A two-semester practicum gives students opportunities to gain first-hand experience applying their interpreting skills and knowledge of professional ethics under the supervision of a qualified interpreter.

To qualify for admission to the associate degree program, students must (1) have an intermediate-level knowledge of American Sign Language and Deaf culture (equivalent to CSCC’s ASL 1101 Beginning ASL I and ASL 1102 Beginning ASL II). (2) have a good command of spoken English; (3) agree to adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct established by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.; (4) attend a Mandatory Information Session conducted by the coordinator to complete an application form for the program; (5) agree to complete a minimum number of IEP courses each semester; and (6) agree to daytime availability for one of their Practicum placements at a public school K – 12 setting.

Prior to acceptance into the Interpreter Education Program, students may take any General Education courses listed in the Plan of Study, and any courses listed in the ASL/Deaf Studies Certificate without permission of the IEP program coordinator. Second year interpreting students are required to take the EEP (Entrance Exam for Practicum) one semester prior to scheduling their first practicum experience (IEP 2901 or 2903). A minimum interpreting skill level must be met in order to register for the first practicum experience.

The five-semester program is sequential, carefully integrating theory and skills with problem solving and critical thinking. Students must adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or risk dismissal from the program. In order to ensure successful language learning, students are REQUIRED to participate each semester in activities and events outside of class time.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Interpreter Education Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of linguistics, cross-cultural and interpreting theories, approaches to ethical decision-making, and professional standards as they relate to the work of interpreters in various contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diversity within the Deaf community including history, cultural norms and values, community resources; and their resulting implications for interpreters.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, faculty, staff, and consumers in a manner that reflects appropriate cultural norms and professional standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism by adhering to commonly accepted professional standards including, but not limited to, those listed in the Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and flexibility in English by effectively communicating in a wide range of personal and professional situations with a diverse population of speakers.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and flexibility in American Sign Language by effectively communicating in a wide range of routine personal and professional situations with a diverse population of native and non-native speakers.
  • Apply academic and world knowledge during consecutive and simultaneous interpretations using appropriate cultural adjustments, while managing internal and external factors and processes, in a manner that results in accurate and reliable interpretations in both ASL and English.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to interpret by making adjustments as determined by consumers and supervisors, and by the recognized linguistic, cultural and professional norms of the speaker(s).
  • Assess the effectiveness of interpreting performance of self and peers during/post assignment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively assess and monitor one’s performance as a team interpreter in both lead and support roles.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and discretion by monitoring and managing personal and professional behaviors, and applying professional conflict resolution strategies when appropriate.

*In Ohio, licensure from the Ohio Department of Education is required for employment in a Public School K-12 setting as an interpreter for the Hearing-Impaired. Successful completion of IEP 2903 K-12 Educational Interpreting Practicum AND the Columbus State IEP Associate of Applied Science degree fulfills one of the requirements to obtain the Associate License of Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired from ODE. Students who choose to successfully complete IEP 2901Community Interpreting Practicum I and IEP 2902 Community Interpreting Practicum II and do NOT complete IEP 2903 K-12 Educational Interpreting Practicum are NOT eligible for the ODE Hearing Impaired Licensure, and the IEP program representative will NOT sign off on the paperwork for licensure.

The CSCC Interpreter Education Program is approved by the State of Ohio Department of Education. Upon completion of all degree requirements, graduates should contact the program coordinator for further information about licensure.

Specific Program Admissions Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Interpreter Education Program.

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency.
  • Intermediate-level American Sign Language skills equivalent to Columbus State’s Beginning ASL I (ASL 1101), and Beginning ASL II (ASL 1102)––both with grade of “C” or better. These courses are offered all semesters. Individuals with ASL experience may meet this requirement by taking an ASL Proficiency Exam. To schedule an ASL Proficiency Exam contact Lori Woods at
  • Compass test placement into ENGL 1100 Composition I or above, and “No Reading Required.”
  • Complete the form “Application to Become an Interpreting/ASL Education Major.” This form can be obtained ONLY from the coordinator during a Mandatory Information Session. Contact the coordinator of the Interpreter Education program, Christine Evenson, (614) 287-5616 or, for dates/ times of the next Mandatory Information Session.
  • Submit all previous college and university transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Admitted with, and maintain, a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Students who go out-of-sequence may re-enter the Interpreting program providing space is available. Those students will be required to meet with an advisor, take applicable skills/assessment exams, and must follow the current year’s Plan of Study for graduation, including any and all course work that has been added to the curriculum since their original start of the program.

All IEP courses require a grade of “C” or higher to satisfy prerequisite and degree requirements, except IEP 2901, IEP 2902 and IEP 2903 which require a “B” or higher.

Note: American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate candidates do not need to attend a Mandatory Information Session.

Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree

Please check course descriptions for prerequisites to all courses in this curriculum.

Semester 1 . .
IEP 1120 Introduction to Interpreting Profession 2
IEP 1301 Beginning Interpreting 2
ASL 1103 Intermediate ASL I 2
ASL 1150 Linguistics of ASL & English 3
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
Semester 2 . .
ASL 1104 Intermediate ASLII 2
IEP 1302 Intermediate Interpreting I 2
IEP 1401 Theoretical Foundations of Interpreting 3
IEP 1601 ASL to English Interpreting I 3
ASL 1100 Introduction to the Deaf Community 2
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology 4
Summer Semester . .
IEP 2303 Intermediate Interpreting II 2
MULT 2403 Ethics & Decision Making for Interpreters 3
IEP 2602 ASL to English Interpreting II 2
IEP 2403 Educational Interpreting 2
Semester 3 . .
IEP 2304 Advanced Interpreting I 2
IEP 2405 Interpreting in Healthcare Settings 2
IEP 2901 Community Interpreting Practicum I* 3
. or .
IEP 2903 K-12 Educational Practicum* 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH 1104 Business Math 3
. or .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
Semester 4 . .
IEP 2404 Specialized Interpreting 2
IEP 2902 Community Interpreting Practicum II* 3
. or .
IEP 2903 K-12 Educational Practicum* 3
ASL 1105 Advanced ASL I 2
IEP 2305 Advanced Interpreting II 3
IEP1XXX Technical Elective 1
PSY 2261 Child Development 3
. or .
SOC 2202 Social Problems 3

Technical Electives

The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

IEP 1194 Special Topics in Interpreting 1-5
IEP 1294 Special Topics in ASL 1-5
IEP 1394 Special Topics in Deaf Studies 1-5
IEP 2701 Processing 1
IEP 2703 Advanced Fingerspelling 1
IEP 2704 Religious Interpreting 1

*Practicum courses require grade of “B” or better to satisfy graduation requirements.

Approved General Education (GE) List


HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I: 1451-1876 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For those individuals wanting to learn about people who are Deaf, their unique culture and community, and to be able to converse with them via American Sign Language (ASL), Columbus State offers a certificate program. This program does not prepare individuals to become interpreters; it is strictly a program to enhance/establish communication skills and to learn about deafness. Attending a Mandatory Information Session with the coordinator is not required; students simply register for the courses. Once all courses have been successfully completed with a “C” or better, students apply for the certificate by contacting the Interpreter Education Program coordinator. Individuals successfully completing the following six courses (16 credit hours) must apply for their certificate within three semesters of completing Intermediate ASL II (ASL 1104).

For additional information about the American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate, please contact the Interpreter Education Program coordinator. Individuals who have ASL experience may take an ASL Proficiency Exam. Contact Lori Woods at for more information. All courses are offered all semesters.

Deaf Studies Certificate

Semester 1 . .
ASL 1101 Beginning ASL I 3
ASL 1100 Introduction to the Deaf Community 2
Semester 2 . .
ASL 1102 Beginning ASL II 3
Semester 3 . .
ASL 1103 Intermediate ASL I 2
ASL 1150 Linguistics of ASL & English 3
ASL XXXX ASL Technical Elective 1
Semester 2 . .
ASL 1104 Intermediate ASL II 2

*All courses

Technical Electives

The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

ASL 1801 Fingerspelling and Numbers of ASL 1
ASL 1802 History of Deaf Community 1
ASL 2801 Classifiers in ASL 1
ASL 2802 ASL Literature 1

The ASL/Deaf Studies Certificate does NOT qualify an individual to work as an interpreter. The hearing and Deaf communities deserve skilled, qualified, ethical interpreters who have been trained professionally.