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Interpreter Training

If you are interested in sign language and work well with people, a career as an interpreter could be an excellent choice for you.

In this program, you will learn to facilitate communication between people who use sign language and those who do not. You will study American Sign Language, deaf culture, ethics, interpreting and more. The degree program provides the general education credits necessary for transfer to a four-year college or university.

As an educationally focused Interpreter Training Program, we prepare you by understanding the P-21 setting and practicum experiences in the classroom. Making it possible for deaf and hard of hearing children to learn and achieve equal access to education and to prepare for a future beyond their educational experience. Whether you want to work as an interpreter in education or in the broader community, this program will help prepare you to provide a valuable service to society.

For additional information, view the Special Application Requirements area.

What You’ll Learn

  • Students will be able to recognize and manage the linguistic needs of the consumer
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in language skills, both in ASL to English and English to ASL
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the understanding of the 7 tenets within the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct and the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Codes of Professional Conduct
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of state and national laws that impact the Deaf and the interpreting profession
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of cultural norms, expectations, and media

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the requirements for the Interpreter Training certificate. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 87

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ASL& 221
American Sign Language IV
5
EDUC& 115
Child Development
5
ITP 231
Theories of Discourse Analysis
3
ITP 232
ASL Linguistic Principles
2
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ASL& 222
American Sign Language V
5
ITP 104
Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation/Habilitation
4
ITP 241
Deaf Social and Cultural Issues
5
Total Credits
 
14

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ASL& 223
American Sign Language VI
5
ITP 233
Manually Coded English Systems
5
PSYC& 200
Lifespan Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ITP 245
Ethics and Principles in Educational Interpreting
5
ITP 251
Interpreting I
5
ITP 261
Transliteration I
5
ITP 281
Applied Interpreting I
1
Total Credits
 
16

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ITP 252
Interpreting II
5
ITP 262
Transliteration II
5
ITP 271
Educational Interpreter Seminar
2
ITP 282
Applied Interpreting II
2
Total Credits
 
14

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ITP 253
Interpreting III
5
ITP 263
Transliteration III
5
ITP 283
Applied Interpreting III
3
Total Credits
 
13

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,355
  • Non-Resident

    $
    17,570
  • International

    $
    21,609
  • Books

    $
    599
  • Course Fees

    $
    336
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,485

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Leah Ruiz
    Leah Ruiz
    ESBS Pathway Specialist
    Leah.Ruiz@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3943

  • David Fischer
    David Fischer
    Instr & Class Supp Tech1
    David.Fischer@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3596
  • Elodie Goodman
    Elodie Goodman
    Dean Ss/Acct/Econ/Hum Serv
    B.A., M.A., University of Washington
    Elodie.Goodman@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3694
  • Chad Henry
    Chad Henry
    Interp Trng Prog/Deafness
    A.A., Tennessee Temple University; B.S., Tennessee Temple University; M.Ed., Tennessee Temple University
    Chad.Henry@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3618
  • Mea Mendez
    Mea Mendez
    Instructor
    Mea.Mendez@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3143
  • Corrine Morrow
    Corrine Morrow
    Interp Trng Prog/Deafness
    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (R.I.D.)- Certified CI/CT; EIPA; ITP Certificate, Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Central Washington University
    Corrine.Morrow@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3730
  • Barbara Peregoy
    Barbara Peregoy
    Instructor
    Barbara.Peregoy@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3143
  • Melissa Pilant
    Melissa Pilant
    Instructor
    Melissa.Pilant@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4103
  • Judith Throop
    Judith Throop
    Interp Trng Prog/Deafness
    B.A., Central Washington University; M.I.T., Washington State University; ITP Certificate of Completion, Spokane Falls Community College
    Judith.Throop@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3596

IMPORTANT NOTE: Yearly applications are subject to change, please contact Corrine.Morrow@sfcc.spokane.edu for a current application and informational booklet packet.  Priority will be given to applications received from February 1st – March 1st each academic year (Fall Start ONLY). Applications submitted after March 1st until June 1st will be considered IF seats are available.

Program start: Fall
Pre-requisites: Yes
Program length: 6 quarters
Number of students each start: 25
Contact: corrine.morrow@sfcc.spokane.edu
Applications deadline: March

Notes: Program can be taken on-campus or online. Competitive entrance program, students must apply to the program to be accepted. PREREQUISITES:
1) Proof of language equivalency equal to at least the end of ASL 123 (Prefer 3.0 or above)
2) Math 107 ready 3) English 101 ready 4) Psychology 100 completed

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Leah Ruiz

Pathways Specialist
leah.ruiz@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3943
Building 16, Room 133D