Certificate in American Sign Language (AMSL) Interpreting

This American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Preparation certificate is designed to emphasize skills in career and educational opportunities as sign language interpreters between Deaf and hearing people, using spoken English and ASL. This certificate continues the knowledge of Deaf culture, intercultural and cross-cultural communications, ethics, laws, and professional behavior for sign language interpreters. In addition, theoretical and practical training is designed to prepare students for entrance into the interpreting field, serving both Deaf and hearing consumers in a variety of settings.

To qualify for the ASL Interpreter Preparation certificate, we require the following:

  •  Associate degree in ASL or equivalent
  • Pass the screening of your ASL skills (minimum of AMSL 212 or equivalent)
  • Completion of the ASL Interpreting Preparation Certificate Program form
  • 2 professional references/letter of recommendations

List of core required courses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of and respect for deaf culture.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and adherence to the code of professional conduct for sign language interpreters.
  • Demonstrate fluency in American Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpreting in a variety of settings including business, community, education and entertainment.

Class Requirements


AMSL 213      Linguistics and Grammar of ASL (3)
AMSL 215      Fingerspelling and Number (3)
INTR 112       Consecutive Interpreting (4)
INTR 113       Simultaneous Interpreting (4)
INTR 211       Interactive Interpreting (3)
INTR 232       Cross-Cultural Issues of Interpreting (3)
INTR 250       Educational Interpreting (3)
INTR 255       Interpreting Seminar (2)
INTR 298       Interpreting Internship (1-4)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.