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.

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 

Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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.
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