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The Interpreting/ASL Education Associate Degree program prepares graduates for entry-level interpreting/ASL 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. A language lab helps students develop ASL and interpreting skills. A three-quarter practicum gives students opportunities to gain first-hand experience applying their interpreting skills and knowledge of professional ethics under the supervision of an agency interpreter.

To qualify for admission to the associate degree program, students must

  1. Have an entry-level knowledge of American Sign Language and deaf culture (equivalent to CSCC’s ITT 141, 142, 130 and 111);
  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 ITT courses each quarter; and
  6. Agree to daytime availability for one of their Practicum placements.

Prior to acceptance into the Interpreting 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 ITT program coordinator. Second year interpreting students are required to take the EEP (Entrance Exam for Practicum) one quarter prior to scheduling ITT 293. A minimum skill level must be met in order to register for ITT 293.

The seven-quarter 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 quarter in activities and events outside of class time. Students must complete one quarter of their Practicum experience in a K-12 educational setting. This requires that students be available during normal, day school hours for a minimum of 15 hours per week during that Practicum experience.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Interpreting/ASL Education, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate unique skills required for interpreting in specialized settings (e.g., oral, medical, mental health, deaf-blind, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interpreting/transliterating RID Code of Professional Conduct
  • Demonstrate basic competency with American Sign Language (ASL) as well as a basic understanding of signed English
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret spoken English messages into ASL, and ASL messages into spoken English
  • Demonstrate ability to transliterate spoken English messages into Manually Coded English, and Manually Coded English into spoken English
  • Explain the role of the interpreter to both deaf and hearing consumers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the deaf community and sensitivity toward the cultural traditions of the community
  • Assess a deaf consumer’s preferred mode of communication
  • Analyze and adapt the physical aspects of the interpreting setting or be able to adapt to physical aspects that cannot be changed
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various agencies/organizations serving the deaf community.

The CSCC Interpreting/American Sign Language Education Program is approved by the State of Ohio Department of Education. Students who successfully complete the Interpreting/American Sign Language Education Associate Degree are eligible to apply for their Educational Interpreting License from the State of Ohio Department of Education.

Specific Program Admissions Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to Interpreting/ASL Education Program.

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency.
  • Entry-level American Sign Language skills equivalent to CSCC’s Beginning ASL I (ITT 141), Beginning ASL II (ITT 142), Fingerspelling (ITT 130), and Introduction to the Deaf Community (ITT 111)––all with a “C” or better. Beginning ASL I and Introduction to the Deaf Community are offered autumn and spring quarters. Beginning ASL II and Fingerspelling are offered winter and summer quarters. Individuals with ASL experience may meet this requirement by taking an ASL placement exam. Contact Alan Atwood at
  • COMPASS™ test placement into ENGL 101 Beginning Composition or above, “No Reading Required,” and MATH 102.
  • 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. Mandatory Information Sessions tend to be scheduled in early January and July. Contact the coordinator of the Interpreting/ASL Education program, Chris Evenson, (614) 287-5616, 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.

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

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

Quarter 1 (A)

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition  3
ITT 110 Introduction to Interpreting  5
ITT 150 Linguistics of ASL/English  3
ITT 143 Intermediate ASL I  5

Quarter 2 (W)

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research  3
ITT 129 Current Research and Theory of Interpreting  3
ITT 144 Intermediate ASL II  5
ITT 205 Consecutive Interpreting I  4
ITT 125 Ethics and Decision Making for Interpreters  2

Quarter 3 (SP)

Course Name Credits
ITT 145 Advanced ASL I  5
ITT 206 Consecutive Interpreting II  4
ITT 234 Health Care Interpreting  2
MULT 101 Medical Terminology  2
ECD 120 Interpersonal Communications  3

Quarter 4 (SU)

Course Name Credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5
. or .
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  5
ITT 207 Consecutive Interpreting III  2
ITT 215 Simultaneous Interpreting I  2
ITT 221 Sign to Voice Interpreting I  3

Quarter 5 (A)

Course Name Credits
COMM 115 Oral Interpretation  3
CIT 101 PC Applications I  3
ITT 292 Interpreting Practicum I  2
ITT 216 Simultaneous Interpreting II  3
ITT 222 Sign to Voice Interpreting II  3
ITT 235 Educational Interpreting  3

Quarter 6 (W)

Course Name Credits
ENGL 200 Business Communications  3
NSCI 101 Natural Science  5
ITT 217 Simultaneous Interpreting III  3
ITT 293 Interpreting Practicum II  4

Quarter 7 (SP)

Course Name Credits
HUM XXX Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 (or) 224  5
ITT 123 Specialized Interpreting  3
ITT 294 Interpreting Practicum III  4
ITT XXX Technical Elective  3

Technical Electives (ITT) must be selected from the following:

Course Name Credits
ITT 170 Conversational ASL  2
ITT 171 Gesturing and Visual Readiness  1
ITT 172 History of the Deaf Community  2
ITT 173 Script Analysis and Translation  2
ITT 174 Religious Interpreting  3
ITT 175 Text Preparation and Analysis  3
ITT 265 Special Topics in Interpreting, ASL, Deaf Studies  1– 5

American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate

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, students apply for the certificate by contacting the Interpreting/ASL education coordinator. Individuals successfully completing the following eight courses (35 credit hours) must apply for their certificate within four quarters of completing Advanced ASL I (ITT 145).

For additional information about the American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate, please see the Interpreting/ASL education program coordinator. Individuals who have ASL experience may take an ASL placement test. Contact Alan Atwood at for more information.

*Registration for the following eight courses may be restricted to Interpreting/ASL Education majors for the first two weeks of registration. Seats not taken by majors will be released to any non-major students meeting the prerequisites 14 days after the first day of registration. Contact the coordinator for registration dates for non-majors.

American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ITT 111 Introduction to the Deaf Community  5
ITT 141 Beginning ASL I  5

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ITT 130 Fingerspelling  2
ITT 142 Beginning ASL II  5

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
ITT 150 Linguistics of ASL  3
ITT 143 Intermediate ASL I  5

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
ITT 144 Intermediate ASL II  5

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
ITT 145 Advanced ASL I  5