Undergraduate Certificate in ASL/English Interpreting
The ASL/English Interpreting certificate is designed for students wishing to pursue ASL/English interpreting at either the introductory or professional level. This certificate could serve students who are sufficiently proficient and fluent in both American Sign Language and English to pass a language proficiency entrance exam. These individuals in this latter category may be Deaf or hearing heritage ASL users.
This certificate is designed for students who have completed course work toward a BA with ASL proficiency IV. It is also open to students who are heritage language signers, or have completed ASL I-IV. It is highly recommended that students complete the Advanced ASL certificate before the ASL/English Interpreting track due to the level of proficiency required. Students that enter the program with proficiency beyond ASL VI are eligible to pursue the ASL/English Interpreting certificate without completion of the Advanced ASL certificate, with instructor permission. There is an ASL proficiency test required to begin the ASL/English Interpreting certificate.
The Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in ASL/English Interpreting aim to prepare students to sit for the NIC and BEI national certification exams so they are eligible for state credentialing in KS and MO. Students in KS who pass the performance certification exam are eligible to register in KS as an interpreter. The website https://kcdhh.ks.gov/communication-services/interpreting-services provides information about KS interpreter registration. Students in MO who pass the MO certification exam are eligible to seek licensure in MO as an interpreter. The website https://mcdhh.mo.gov/interpreters/ provides information about MO interpreter certification and licensing. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license or certification in your home state or territory. The website https://rid.org/advocacy-overview/state-information-and-advocacy/ provides resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas. The Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in ASL/English Interpreting does not guarantee that students will pass the certification exams, but covers the necessary materials to prepare students to sit for the exam.