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The Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree prepares graduates for entry-level interpreting positions where persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and hearing persons must communicate with each other. The associate degree program offers extensive course work in American Sign Language, knowledge, theory, and skills related to the practice profession of interpreting. A language lab helps students develop ASL and interpreting skills. A two semester practicum gives students opportunities to gain first-hand experience applying their interpreting skills and knowledge of professional ethics under the supervision of an agency interpreter.

To qualify for admission to the associate degree program, students must (1) have an entry-level knowledge of American Sign Language and Deaf culture (equivalent to CSCC’s IEP 1100, 1101, 1109) (2) have a good command of spoken English; (3) agree to adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct established by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.; (4) attend a Mandatory Information Session conducted by the coordinator to complete an application form for the program; (5) agree to complete a minimum number of IEP courses each semester; and (6) agree to daytime availability for one of their Practicum placements at a public school K – 12 setting.

Prior to acceptance into the Interpreter Education Program, students may take any General Education courses listed in the Plan of Study, and any courses listed in the ASL/Deaf Studies Certificate without permission of the IEP program coordinator. Second year interpreting students are required to take the EEP (Entrance Exam for Practicum) one semester prior to scheduling IEP 2901. A minimum skill level must be met in order to register for IEP 2901.

The five-semester program is sequential, carefully integrating theory and skills with problem solving and critical thinking. Students must adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or risk dismissal from the program. In order to ensure successful language learning, students are REQUIRED to participate each semester in activities and events outside of class time. Students must complete one semester of their Practicum experience in a K-12 educational setting. This requires that students be available during normal, day school hours for a minimum of 11 hours per week times 15 weeks during that Practicum experience.

In Ohio, licensure from the Ohio Department of Education is required for employment in a Public School K-12 setting as an interpreter for the Hearing-Impaired. Successful completion of the CSCC IEP Associate of Applied Science degree fulfills one of the requirements to obtain the Associate License of Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired from ODE.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Interpreter Education Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of linguistics, cross-cultural and interpreting theories, approaches to ethical decision-making and professional standards as they relate to the work of interpreters in various contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diversity within the Deaf community including history, cultural norms and values, community resources; and their resulting implications for interpreters.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, faculty, staff, and consumers in a manner that reflects appropriate cultural norms and professional standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism by adhering to commonly accepted professional standards including, but not limited to, those listed in the Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and flexibility in English by effectively communicating in a wide range of personal and professional situations with a diverse population of speakers.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and flexibility in American Sign Language by effectively communicating in a wide range of routine personal and professional situations with a diverse population of native and non-native speakers.
  • Apply academic and world knowledge during consecutive and simultaneous interpretations using appropriate cultural adjustments, while managing internal and external factors and processes, in a manner that results in accurate and reliable interpretations in both ASL and English.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to interpret by making adjustments as determined by consumers and supervisors, and by the recognized linguistic, cultural and professional norms of the speaker(s).
  • Assess the effectiveness of interpreting performance of self and peers during/post assignment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively assess and monitor one’s performance as a team interpreter in both lead and support roles.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and discretion by monitoring and managing personal and professional behaviors, and applying professional conflict resolution strategies when appropriate.

The CSCC Interpreter Education Program is approved by the State of Ohio Department of Education. Students who successfully complete the Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree are eligible to apply for their Educational Interpreting License from the State of Ohio Department of Education. Upon completion of all degree requirements, graduates should contact the coordinator for paperwork to apply for their Educational Interpreting License.

Specific Program Admissions Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to Interpreter Education Program.

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency.
  • Entry-level American Sign Language skills equivalent to CSCC’s Beginning ASL (IEP 1101), Fingerspelling & Numbers (IEP 1109), and Introduction to the Deaf Community (IEP 1100)––all with grade of “C” or better. These three courses are offered spring and summer semesters. Individuals with ASL experience may meet this requirement by taking an ASL placement exam.
  • Compass test placement into ENGL 1100 Composition I or above, and “No Reading Required.”
  • Complete the form “Application to Become an Interpreting/ASL Education Major.” This form can be obtained ONLY from the coordinator during a Mandatory Information Session. Contact the coordinator of the Interpreter Education Program, Chris Evenson, (614) 287-5616 or, for dates/times of the next Mandatory Information Session.
  • Submit all previous college and university transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Admitted with, and maintain, a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Students who go out-of-sequence may re-enter the Interpreting program providing space is available. Those students will be required to meet with an advisor, take applicable skills/assessment exams, and must follow the current year’s Plan of Study for graduation, including any and all course work that has been added to the curriculum since their original start of the program.

All IEP courses require a grade of “C” or higher to satisfy prerequisite and degree requirements.

Note: American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate candidates do not need to attend a Mandatory Information Session.

Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree

Please check course descriptions for prerequisites to all courses in this

Semester 1 . .
IEP 1102 Intermediate ASL  4
IEP 1120 Introduction to Interpreting Profession  3
IEP 1150 Linguistics of ASL & English  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
Semester 2 . .
IEP 1103 Advanced ASL  4
IEP 1201 Beginning Interpreting  4
IEP 1401 Theoretical Foundations of Interpreting  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
Summer Semester . .
IEP 2202 Intermediate Interpreting  3
IEP 2402 Ethics & Decision Making for Interpreters  3
IEP 2204 ASL to English Interpreting  3
XXXX XXXX Basic Related Elective - See advisor for options  4
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II - See advisor for MATH options if you plan to transfer from CSCC 3
Semester 3 . .
IEP 2203 Advanced Interpreting  3
IEP 2403 Educational Interpreting  3
IEP 2901 Interpreting Practicum I*  3.5
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
COMM 1105 Oral Communication 3
. or .
COMM 1115 Oral Interpretation  3
Semester 4 . .
IEP 2404 Specialized Interpreting  2
IEP 2902 Interpreting Practicum II*  3.5
COMM 2200 Business Communication  3
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology  4
IEP 25XX Technical Elective  1

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

IEP 2500 Special Topic in Interpreting  1-5
IEP 2501 Special Topic in ASL  1-5
IEP 2502 Special Topic in Deaf Studies  1-5

*Practicum courses require grade of “B” or better to satisfy graduation requirements.


HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate

Gainful Employment Statement

For those individuals wanting to learn about people who are Deaf, their unique culture and community, and to be able to converse with them via American Sign Language (ASL), Columbus State offers a certificate program. This program does not prepare individuals to become interpreters; it is strictly a program to enhance/establish communication skills and to learn about deafness. Attending a Mandatory Information Session with the coordinator is not required; students simply register for the courses. Once all courses have been successfully completed, students apply for the certificate by contacting the Interpreter Education Program coordinator. Individuals successfully completing the following six courses (20 credit hours) must apply for their certificate within three semesters of completing Advanced ASL (IEP 1103).

For additional information about the American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Certificate, please see the Interpreter Education Program coordinator. Individuals who have ASL experience may take an ASL placement test.

For more information about the Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree, Deaf Studies Certificate, and ASL classes, please see:

Deaf Studies Certificate

Semester 1 . .
IEP 1101 Beginning ASL  4
IEP 1109 Fingerspelling & Numbers  2
IEP 1100 Introduction to the Deaf Community  3
Semester 2 . .
IEP 1102 Intermediate ASL  4
IEP 1150 Linguistics of ASL & English  3
Semester 3 . .
IEP 1103 Advanced ASL  4