Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Sign Language Interpreting in Education

Associate Degree

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. The Sign Language Interpreting in Education program faculty will bring real world experiences into the classroom. 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 meet the State of Wisconsin's requirements for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) License O020. Potential occupations include: Educational Sign Language Interpreter and Interpreter/Tutor.

program at a Glance

Sign Language Interpreting in Education 64 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$12,554 (Tuition: $10510, Books: $2044)

Average Starting Salary

$43,345 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

  • Educational Sign Language Interpreter
  • Interpreter/Tutor

Course List

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Course List

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This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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