Educational Sign Language Interpreting – New Track Fall 2018

Educational Sign Language Interpreting is the new track the College of Education will be offering under our Educational Studies & Community Leadership degree.

Educational Sign Language Interpreting now offered at SPC
Educational Sign Language Interpreting now offered at SPC

The purpose of the Educational Sign Language Interpreting concentration is to provide a unique undergrad education experience designed to meet the needs of individuals who want to work in a K-12 setting with deaf or hard of hearing students.  Students will complete the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) as well as the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) exam upon graduation. Our program track provides students with sign language skills, an understanding of Deaf Education, knowledge of the interpreter’s role in the classroom, and skill development to prepare students to get started in the profession of sign language interpreting in a K-12 setting.

There is an increasing need for more sign language interpreters, particularly in educational settings.  The individual who chooses this occupation must be willing  to accept a variety of roles and responsibilities.  Primarily the role is successful communication, but graduates will have training to best prepare for encountering students from different family structures, socioeconomic levels, and multicultural backgrounds.

Program Benefits:
  • One of the most well respected Sign Language training programs in the U.S.
  • SPC instructors are certified by ASLTA and/or RID
  • A bachelor’s degree that can provide the foundation for those who wish to pursue national certification
  • A nicely organized, set sequence of courses
  • Internship in the educational interpreting field


Program Admission:
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • AA Degree
  • Basic American Sign Language with Lab – ASL 1140C
  • Intermediate American Sign Language with Lab – ASL 1150C
  • Advanced American Sign Language with Lab – ASL 1160C
  • American Sign Language IV with Lab – ASL 2210C
  • Structure of American Sign Language – ASL 1300
  • Introduction to Deaf Culture – ASL 1510
For more information:     

Professor Michael Poulin,  College of Education,
Phone: 727-791-2788

Dr. Beth Carlson (Lead Faculty),,
Phone:  727-791-2746


Kelliann Ganoo, Seminole Campus,,

Phone:  727-344-8058

Dominick Ingargiola, Clearwater Campus,,

Phone: 727-791-2540

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