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    So you want to become an ASL-English Interpreter? Great! Let’s find an educational option that’s right for you. 

    If you…


    are already fluent in ASL and English


    have interacted regularly with the Deaf community for at least two years AND 


    have a associate’s degree or above

    …then you are eligible to apply to the ASL-English Interpretation Program (AEIP) for the Professional Certificate Program. Upon successful completion of the AEIP, you will receive a certificate attesting to this accomplishment. The certificate that is conferred upon successful completion of this non-credit program prepares you for the national certification - a separate process accomplished through the interpreting field’s professional organization, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). You will take the written portion of the national certification exam before graduation and if you possess a bachelor's degree or higher, you are now eligible for the performance exam.

    Do you not yet hold a bachelor’s degree? 

    If you have an associate's degree (or its equivalent in college credits) and are accepted into the AEIP, you may elect to earn a Bachelor Degree in Educational Studies: ASL-English Interpretation jointly through a partnership between AEIP and the State University of New York – Empire State College (SUNY-ESC). The AEIP at CUNY/LaGuardia would satisfy the required upper division "concentration credits" for this bachelor’s degree, and any additional general credits would be taken at SUNY-ESC.

    What if you’re not quite fluent in ASL? 


    If you've been studying ASL formally for at least two years and regularly interact with the Deaf community, you may benefit from our Advanced ASL I and Advanced ASL II courses. 


    If you're just starting out or have less than two years of ASL experience, please contact Jenna Gorman at jgorman@lagcc.cuny.edu to learn about the Continuing Education ASL classes LaGuardia has to offer.

    What if you do not yet have an associate’s degree or enough college credits for the ASL-English Interpretation Program? 

    Perhaps you’re interested in LaGuardia’s Associate’s Degree in Deaf Studies . You can learn ASL and earn your AA at the same time!

    Pre-Interpreting and continuing education ASL courses as well as the Associate’s Degree in Deaf Studies will better prepare you to qualify for the ASL-English Interpretation Program.

  • For More Information, Contact:

    Vanessa Watson
    Administrative Assistant

     (718) 482-5313 (V)
     (917) 832-1207 (VP)
    thumb_email vwatson@lagcc.cuny.edu

    LaGuardia Community College

    Mailing Address

    31-10 Thomson Ave, Room C-203
    Long Island City, NY 11101


    29-10 Thomson Ave, Room C-203
    Long Island City, NY 11101