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Interpreter Training

Associate of Applied Arts

This program is under review and may be inactivated.  Students are currently not being accepted into the program.

Learn to interpret for the deaf.  This program includes lecture, laboratory skills and field experience courses.  It teaches the skills needed to take the national certification exams. 

What can I do with this degree?

Career options: Become an interpreter for the deaf in a variety of community, educational, and webcam/phone relay settings.  This degree is also helpful for those pursuing related career fields in assisting the deaf.

Academic Options:  While this program was not originally designed for transfer to Arizona four-year universities, most of the courses in the program are transferable and the program has been aligned with the requirements for the 90/30 programs at NAU. See your ITP Faculty Advisor for specific electives accepted by the 90/30 programs.

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Before enrolling in this program, you must meet with a department faculty member and complete the following requirements with a C or better.

Course # Course Title Credits
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] *
SLG 101 American Sign Language I 4
SLG 102 American Sign Language II 4
SLG 201 American Sign Language III 4
Complete or be concurrently enrolled in
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] *
SLG 202 American Sign Language IV 4
Demonstrate reading competency at REA 112 level or higher 0-4
Subtotal 16-20

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.** A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement (Recommended:  a course from AGEC Biological & Physical Sciences list) 3
Subtotal 3

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ITP 105 Beginning Fingerspelling and Numbers 2
ITP 200 Introduction to the Deaf Community 4
ITP 203 Linguistics of American Sign Language 3
ITP 205 Advanced Fingerspelling and Numbers 2
ITP 210 Introduction to Interpreting 4
ITP 215 Classifiers and ASL Literature 3
ITP 220 Interpreting I 4
ITP 250 Interpreting II 4
ITP 268 Etymology 4
ITP 270 Beginning Sign to Voice 4
ITP 280 Advanced Sign to Voice 4
ITP 285 Educational Interpreting/Transliterating 4
ITP 289 Topics in Interpreting 3
ITP 290 Interpreter Training Field Experience 2
Subtotal 47

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ANT 112 Exploring Non-Western Cultures 3
CIS/CSA 104 Computer Fundamentals 3
MAT 142 Topics in College Mathematics 3-4
  or MAT 151 [SUN# MAT 1151] College Algebra
SOC 201 Race, Ethnicity, Minority Groups and Social Justice [SUN# SOC 2215] 3
  or ANT 253 Death and Grieving Across Cultures
  or PSY 250 Introduction to Social Psychology
CMN 110 Public Speaking 3
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 21-22
Total 86-92

* Credits counted in the program requirements.

** Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication Requirement - WRT 101 and 102 fulfill this requirement; Analysis & Critical Thinking - MAT 142 or 151 fulfill 3-4 credits of this requirement, Humanities and Social Science Requirement - ANT 112 and SOC 201; Computer and Information Literacy Requirement - CIS/CSA 104; Special Requirements - ANT 112.