Offered as: Bachelor
Why Study ASL/English Interpreting at Mount Aloysius College?
The American Sign Language/English Interpreting program at Mount Aloysius College is more than just a major: students learn how to effectively and seamlessly communicate within two different cultures and languages. In addition to an effective learning environment in small classes, the program offers unique educational opportunities such as
- Interactive ASL computer labs
- Monthly community-wide deaf gatherings
- Silent lunches with the deaf community
- A biennial student run interpreting conference
What does an ASL/English Interpreter do?
American Sign Language/English interpreters provide communication access and cultural mediation to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and hearing clients. They work in a variety of settings, such as business meetings, appointments, court appearances, and speeches. Interpreters can also use technology to provide services to remote locations.
As a graduate from our ASL/English Interpreter program, you’ll have endless career choices, including:
- Community interpreters
- Conference interpreters
- Health or medical interpreters
- Liaison or escort interpreters
- Legal or judicial interpreters
- American Sign Language interpreters
- Literary translators
Are there job openings? How much will I make?
When students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting they are prepared to find challenging careers working as interpreters in educational, medical, business, religious, and a variety of other settings.
The demand for Sign Language Interpreters is expected to rise 29% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 17,500 jobs.*
The average median wage for an interpreter in the state of Pennsylvania is $50,870.*
Recent Success Stories
Michelle Fischetti, ’16, ASL/EI, is a American Sign Language Interpreter at Sign Language Interpreting Professionals.
Melissa Reeves, ’16, ASL/EI, is a American Sign Language Interpreter at Living Resources New York, self-employed Sign Language Interpreter.
Julianna Breeze, ’16, ASL/EI, is a American Sign Language Interpreter at Sign Language Specialists of Western PA Inc.
Chey Garvin, ’16, ASL/EI, is a self-employed Sign Language Interpreter, and a Sign Language Interpreter at Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
Krista White, ’15, ASL/EI, is a Sign Language Interpreter at Youngstown Community Center for the Deaf/Hearing & Speech Center, and Sign Language Interpreter at Purple Communications.
Who will teach me?
Our professors are nationally certified with the Certificate of Interpretation (CI) and Certificate of Transliteration (CT). They have presented regionally and nationally on various topics of ASL/English Interpretation. Mount Aloysius also hosts a student-run Biennial ASL/English Interpreting Conference.
The ASL/English Interpreting program is accredited by The Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).
The Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education CCIE was founded in 2006 to promote professionalism in the field of sign language interpreter education through the process of accreditation. CCIE was established after nearly two decades of collaborative efforts of six stakeholder organizations, the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc., National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada and the American Sign Language Teachers Association. In 2008, CCIE became a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
This year’s conference was a major success with hundreds in attendance. Learn more about the conference by visiting the conference event page.