Sign Language/Interpreting (AS S0801)

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

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:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
SIGN 105American Sign Language 54
SIGN 108Fingerspelling2
SIGN 201Introduction to Deaf Studies3
SIGN 202American Deaf Culture3
SIGN 210American Sign Language Structure3
SIGN 220Translation: American Sign Language and English4
SIGN 223Principles of Interpreting3
SIGN 225Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters2
SIGN 227Cognitive Processing for Interpreters4
SIGN 231Interpreting4
SIGN 232Advanced Interpreting4
SIGN 239Applied Interpreting2
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 Units43-43.5

Sign Language/Interpreting Department Website 

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.

Guided Pathways of Study

When students can identify a career goal early on in their educational journey, they are more likely to complete on time and succeed. Consistent guidance and a clear outline of the required courses help support students decisions in choosing the right program for them. Explore below to find the programs that most interest you.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
SIGN 101 American Sign Language 1 4 4
SIGN 201 Introduction to Deaf Studies 3 3
A/AS PE 1  
ENGL 1A prerequisite for SIGN 227 7  
SIGN 101 preferred completion in summer or winter 1  
Winter Term 1
SIGN 102 American Sign Language 2 4 4
Spring Term 3
SIGN 232 Advanced Interpreting 4 4
Fall Term 4
SIGN 225 Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters 2 2
SIGN 239 Applied Interpreting 2 2
SIGN 299 elective course preferred w/SIGN 239 9  
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Spring Term 1
SIGN 108 Fingerspelling 2 2
SIGN 103 American Sign Language 3 4 4
SIGN 202 American Deaf Culture 3 3
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4 4
SPCH 1A prerequisite for SIGN 231 1  
Summer Term 1
Area E: Recommendation SPCH 26, PUBH 24, COUN 5 5  
Fall Term 2
SIGN 104 American Sign Language 4 4 4
SIGN 105 American Sign Language 5 4 4
SIGN 210 American Sign Language Structure 3 3
SIGN 220 Translation: American Sign Language and English 4 4
SIGN 223 Principles of Interpreting 3 3
SIGN 105 recommendation to have completed prior to 5  
this term; 14 units is required to stay on track 4  
to completion to completion  
Winter Term 2
Area C1: ARTS recommendation THTR 11 1  
Spring Term 2
SIGN 227 Cognitive Processing for Interpreters 4 4
A/AS BEH 3  
Electives: SIGN 240, 250, 260 299 3 courses 3  
(5-5.5 units) to be completed this semester 5  
following terms as noted; may be taken fall/spring following terms as noted; may be taken fall/spring  
Area D:BEV recommendation SOC 110, PSCY 1A, 1  
SPCH 30, ANTH 6 6  
Fall Term 3
SIGN 231 Interpreting 4 4
SIGN 201 202 may be completed before this term 2  
Area B 1/2: Recommendation PSYC 1B, BIOL 6, ANTH 1 1  
Winter Term 3
SIGN 240 possible for elective 0  
 Total Units62
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