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Sign Language Interpretation
Certificate
Curriculum code 1369
Course Requirements


This program is for students who are pursuing employment and careers in the field of deafness and sign language Interpreting. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for successful completion of certification examinations conducted by the state of Illinois and other associated accrediting agencies. Specifically, the certificate will benefit students who are interested in working with the deaf/hard-of-hearing community, learning American Sign Language, and working with deaf/hard-of-hearing children in a K-12 setting. As a two-year certificate, this program will benefit students who are interested in transferring to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in sign language interpretation, deaf studies, or deaf education.

You will be taught by professionals in the field with years of experience in sign language interpretation. This program includes an internship and observation hours that will allow you to gain valuable on-the-job experience.

Employment Outlook
There is a strong and persistent need for qualified sign language interpreters. Currently, the supply of qualified interpreters is not able to keep up with the demand. The greatest demand for interpreters is in medium-to-large cities and metropolitan areas. This certificate program responds to the demand for qualified interpreters in the Chicago area and the collar counties. There are multiple job descriptions available to students who complete this certificate program.

Job opportunities in the field of interpreting are expected to grow at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 42 percent growth rate from 2010 to 2020. The demand for American Sign Language interpreters is expected to grow rapidly due to the use of video relay services. Video relay relies on ASL interpreters to facilitate phone conversations using an online platform. Bureau data also show that interpreters earned a median salary of $43,300 a year in May 2010, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $22,950, and the top 10 percent earning more than $86,410. Employment opportunities also can be found for ASL interpreters in educational institutions, social service agencies, government agencies, medical institutions, and the legal system.

Nature of Work
The primary goal of this program is to prepare students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in sign language interpretation. Sign language interpreting will serve students who are pursuing employment and careers in the field of deafness and sign language interpreting. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for successful completion of certification examinations conducted by the state of Illinois and other associated accrediting agencies, which will allow for gainful employment.

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc. 

 
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