Dec 08, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

American Sign Language/English Interpreting: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 70 credits

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Program Description
The ASL/English Interpreting program is designed to prepare new and returning students for state and national certification testing. Obtaining certification can lead to employment in the rapidly expanding and rewarding field of ASL/English Interpreting. After successful completion of the program, students must apply for and pass the Utah State Interpreter Certification exam, National Interpreter Certification and/or the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) to work as a professional interpreter. The ASL/English Interpreter Education Program will prepare students to test for Utah Interpreter Certification, Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment and/or the National Interpreter Certification. To sit for the National Interpreter Certification candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (in any field) or 120 college credits. At this time, Utah Interpreter Certification and the EIPA do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Career Opportunities
Career opportunities are available in a variety of settings and fields, including education, social services, religion, government, business, performing arts, mental health, medical and legal settings, and more.

Transfer/Articulation Information
While an AAS is typically a terminal degree, graduates of SLCC’s ASL/English Interpreting program can continue their studies at a four-year institution by completing that institution’s residency and upper-division requirements because they have completed their entire general education core at SLCC. Students who complete the AAS in ASL/English Interpreting can decide to pursue a BS degree at USU, which has a special agreement with the ASL/I Program. See an Academic Advisor for ASL as SLCC has identified a number of good transfer and pathway options.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:  
Course fee: $70.00
Supplies: $50
Other: $150

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

Program Entry Requirements
Entrance into the ASL English Interpreting program is selective and requires prerequisites and an application.  To apply for the program students must complete the following courses:

For each of these courses, students must receive a grade of “B-” or better and the ASL courses must have been completed within the past two years. For application information, please see the website, contact the ASL Department or the ASL Academic Advisor.

Licensure Information
Graduation from the American Sign Language/English Interpreting AAS program does not guarantee the ability to obtain a Utah state certification to practice as an ASL/English Interpreter. Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of each state. In order to work as an ASL/English Interpreter, students must satisfy individual state requirements, independent of SLCC graduation requirements. It is highly recommended that students consult in advance with the Utah Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH), or similar agencies in other states, to find out more about eligibility for certification. Find out more at the DSDHH website.

If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help. 

General Education Requirements

This program follows the 


Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Composition (EN): ENGL 1010 and
                                 ENGL 2010*

Quantitative Literacy (QL): MATH 1030 or
                                           any approved Quantitative Literacy (QL)   course

Communication (CM): COMM 2150*

Fine Arts (FA): THEA 1033*

*Must be completed with a B- grade or better

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • American Sign Language/English Interpreting AAS: Full-time  
  • Once accepted into the program, if students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is five semesters, based on a full-time minimum of 12 credits per semester (except for the summer semester). Less than 12 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Additional Program Notes

All ASL/English Interpreting coursework must be completed with a “B-” grade or better. A student receiving a grade of C+ or lower will not be allowed to continue the program. For more information contact Connie Spanton-Jex at (801) 957-4642. INTR 1100 , INTR 1110 , and INTR 2100  have been designated as a service learning courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Students will demonstrate broad general knowledge in many diverse fields in order to interpret in varied work environments. [1,2,4,6,7]
  • Students will sufficiently master program-specific, professional knowledge and demonstrate proficiency by discussing historical, linguistic and cultural  issues as well as professional standards and roles for an ASL/English Interpreter. [1,2,4,5,6,7]
  • Students will sufficiently master program-specific, professional education competencies and demonstrate proficiency by effectively interpreting from ASL to English and English to ASL. [1,2,4,5,6]
  • Students will have completed in-depth internship experiences. [1,2,4,5,6,7]
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to interpreting work to enhance language fluency. [1,2,4]
  • Students will be prepared to take the state and/or national certification: Utah Certification, EIPA, NIC. [1,2,6,7]