Program Description

The Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program is for learners who are passionate about working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind students in the K-12 academic setting. This program is for learners who are curious lifelong learners, have a love for languages, are comfortable working before large and small audiences, enjoy social interaction and have the ability to store knowledge in short and long term memory. The Sign Language Interpreting in Education program has articulation agreements with various 4-year institutions. Faculty will bring real world experiences into the classroom and learners will have the opportunity to observe working sign language interpreters and work in the field under supervision. This program will have a practicum or internship which will provide real world working experience in a variety of educational settings with highly skilled licensed/certified interpreters to supervise work. Upon completion of the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program graduates are required to take and pass a national written and performance evaluation in order to meet the State of Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) License O020.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,512
Books & Supplies: $744

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Apply RID Code of Professional Conduct to the educational setting
  • Recognize need for continued professional development
  • Function as part of an educational team
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hearing loss and its implications to education
  • Function as a tutor/support service provider in an educational setting
  • Function as an educational sign language interpreter/transliterator in an educational setting


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Interpreter/Tutor
  • Educational Sign Language Interpreter


The Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree is a 65 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

Interpreting/Educational Setting 1.00
Introduction To The Interpreting Process 5.00
American Sign Language 1 2.00
Vocabulary Enhancement - Interpreter 4.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00
College 101 1.00

Second Term

American Sign Language 2 2.00
Orientation To Hearing Loss 3.00
Aspects Of Hearing Loss 2.00
Developmental Psychology 3.00
Interpreting 5.00

Third Term

Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Speech 3.00
Oral Interpreting 1.00
Transliterating 5.00
Professional Practices 1 3.00
Instructional Support Services 2.00
Exceptional Person 3.00
American Sign Language 3 2.00

Fourth Term

Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00
Ed Interpreting Practicum 5.00
Interpreting/Transliterating 3.00
Professional Practices 2 1.00
College Mathematics 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
UW Milwaukee Bachelor of American Sign Language Studies
UW Oshkosh Bachelor of Human Services Leadership

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

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In-State Tuition & Fees


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Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
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* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

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Admissions Process

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This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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