Why Choose Sign Language Interpreter at PPCC?

PPCC’s sign language interpreter degree program provides students with the highest quality of knowledge and skill sets so they can become a valuable partner with the deaf community. We help students function as emerging professionals in the sign language interpreting field while adhering to Deaf culture expectations and professional ethics and practices. Students have the opportunity to work with members of the Deaf community, native ASL users and nationally certified interpreters.

How to apply for the Interpreter Preparation Program:

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Application Requirements and Required Courses


What will I study?

The sign language interpreter degree program at PPCC presents students an in-depth understanding of the field of interpreting. By pursuing a degree at PPCC, you will:

  • Study the ethical and cultural issues surrounding interpreting.
  • Develop an understanding of transliterating, interpreting the spoken word into sign language.
  • Learn about the impact of Deaf Culture on emerging ASL literature, including non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

Example Classes I Might Take

Provides the student an opportunity to develop a stronger grasp of American Sign Language (ASL), as well as the cultural features of the language. ASL vocabulary is also increased. The direct experience method is used to further enhance the learning process. This course is a continuation of ASL 122 with more emphasis on expressive skills in signing.
Provides a more in-depth study of the field of interpreting, expanding on the basics introduced in IPP 121. Lecture/discussion sessions will address ethical decision-making and cultural issues, as well as the various settings in which interpreters work. Students will have opportunities to observe various professional interpreters throughout the semester.
Provides the student an opportunity to further develop interpreting skills from English to ASL.

Career Options

Upon graduation from PPCC, students can work as a pre-certified sign language interpreter in a variety of settings, including:

  • Community interpreting
  • Post-secondary Education
  • K-12 Education

Careers in ASL Interpreter

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Sign Language Interpreter Preparation program, students should be able to:

  • Identify tenets of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct and apply professional practice to various scenarios
  • Analyze situations to determine modality most appropriate to client language need (interpret/transliterate)
  • Interpret/transliterate for a diverse population (with native and non-native speakers of varying age, race, gender, education, socio-economic status, and ethnicity)
  • Demonstrate preparation and brainstorming skills in preparing for assignments and demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changes that arise during an assignment
  • Adjust to the interpreting/transliterating needs of the consumer based on consumer signing style and/or feedback
  • Identify and apply team interpreting practices during interactive interpreting scenarios