Sign Language/Interpreting, AS

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Degree S0801

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

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.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Apply Demand Control Schema (DC-S) Theory to the field of Sign Language Interpreting.
  • Given an English narrative, successfully give a functional equivalent message in ASL in a simultaneous mode.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

Core Courses
SIGN 105American Sign Language 5 4
SIGN 108Fingerspelling 2
SIGN 201Introduction to Deaf Studies 3
SIGN 202American Deaf Culture 3
SIGN 210American Sign Language Structure 3
SIGN 220Translation: American Sign Language/English 3
SIGN 223Principles of Interpreting 3
SIGN 225Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters 2
SIGN 227Cognitive Processing for Interpreters 4
SIGN 231Interpreting 4
SIGN 232Advanced Interpreting 4
SIGN 239Applied Interpreting 2
Required Electives
Choose three courses from the following:5-5.5
Vocabulary Building for Interpreters
Interpreting with Classifiers
Video Interpreting
Special Projects in Sign Language/Interpreting
Total Units42-42.5
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