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Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing who work as a related service provider in a school setting are referred to as educational interpreters. The educational interpreter serves as a communication link and facilitator between deaf and hard of hearing individuals and those who are speaking to communicate (i.e., the teacher, classmates, or other school personnel). The educational interpreter has the ability to provide the interpreting services in a variety of modes of communication such as American Sign Language, Pidgin Sign English, Oral Transliterating, or Cued Speech.
Qualifications and Authorization:
- An associate's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college/university in educational interpreting or related field (such as American Sign Language)
- Certificate of completion of the EIPA written exam
- Successful performance on the performance assessment required for your chosen modality:
- For sign language interpreters (ASL, MCE, PSE), a 3.5 or higher on the EIPA
- For cued speech transliterators, a 4.0 or higher on the EIPA-Cued Speech exam OR a passing score on the CLTNCE
- For oral interpreters, current RID Oral Transliteration Certification
Interpreter Training Programs
Four Year Training Programs
The University of Northern Colorado Center's American Sign Language-English Interpretation program is an online (with summer onsite requirements), 11-semester, baccalaureate degree program that prepares majors to provide competent interpreting services in ASL.
Two Year Training Programs
Two year training programs offer an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Interpreter Preparation preparing students for entry-level employment as sign language interpreters.
Educational Interpreter Training Programs in Other States
- University of Arizona (BA)
- RIT's Non-Credit Certificate in Educational Interpreting
- Northcentral Technical College (AAS)
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- University of Arkansas, Little Rock (EI Minor)
- LaGuardia Community College (BA or Certificate)
- Western Oregon University (Certificate)
- John A. Logan College (Degree or Certificate)
- Stephen F. Austin State University (EI Minor)
Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)
- General Information about the 2-Part Assessment
- To Register for Online Written Test
- To register for EIPA performance test, contact the Local Test Administrator
- Cued Speech
For information: Email Shauna Moden
Listserv for Educational Interpreters
To join this listserv, Email Shauna Moden or call 720-413-0179.
Colorado Educational Interpreter Handbook
Tools & Resources
Multiple Meanings in American Sign Language by: Brenda Cartwright and Suellen Bahleda
Numbering in ASL by: Brenda Cartwright and Suellen Bahleda
Fingerspelling in ASL by: Brenda Cartwright and Suellen Bahleda
For more information about services for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, please contact:
Shauna Moden, Deaf Education Specialist
Email Shauna Moden
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