SWCID - SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf

Interpreter Training

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Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Specialization in Interpreter Training
Campus Availability(AllBSL


 The Interpreter Training AAS Degree Program is offered to students who desire to be qualified interpreters for the deaf after completion of this four semester program.sign language interpreter


Possible Employment Responsibilities:  Providing signed and voiced interpreted communication for deaf and hearing consumers.

Possible Employment Positions: 

  • Interpreter
  • Interpreter/Aide
  • Educational Interpreter
  • Video Relay Interpreters
  • Vocational Communication Specialist
  • Interpreter/Tutor

Possible Employment Locations:  Public, private, and residential schools; vocational rehabilitation agencies, businesses which employ deaf individuals, government agencies, community organizations, churches serving the deaf and Video Relay service providers.


Taking the sign language proficiency test determining appropriate placement in SLNG 1304, 1305, 1344 or 1345
PSYC 0200.



ITP “Skills” Courses-Grade Requirements:  In order for a student to advance to the next course within the ITP course of study, the student must pass each of the following “skills” courses with a grade of “B” or better: 

  • SLNG 1211
  • SLNG 1304
  • SLNG 1305
  • SLNG 1344
  • SLNG 2302
  • SLNG 2331. 
ITP majors making a grade of “C” or below on any of these courses will be required to repeat the course(s).


Freshman Year
First Semester
Course    Semester Hours
SLNG 1211   2
SLNG 1317   3
MATH 1332   3
SGNL 1301 or SLNG 13041/2 3
ENGL 1301   3
SLNG 1215   2
Total    15

Second Semester
Course    Semester Hours
SLNG 1321   3
SGNL 1302 or SLNG 13051 3
ITSC 1309   3
SPCH 1315   3
SLNG 1346   3
PHED     1
Total    16

NOTE:  Transfer courses from other colleges/universities will not be automatically accepted for SLNG 1304, SLNG 1305, SLNG 1344 and SLNG 1345 unless the student has successfully passed the sign language proficiency test with the appropriate score.

Sophomore Year
First Semester
Course    Semester Hours
SLNG 2288   2
SLNG 2315   3
SLNG 13441   3
SLNG 2302   3
SLNG 1348   3
PHED    1
SLNG 1106   1
Total    16

Second Semester
Course    Semester Hours
SLNG 22893   2
SLNG 2311   3
SLNG 2331   3
Social/Behavioral Science Elec. 3
SLNG 1345   3
Humanities/Fine Arts  3
Total    17

Total Hours   65

*Tech Prep agreement with San Angelo Independent School District.
1Indicates courses that can be articulated with high school
2A student who demonstrates competencies required for this course can substitute an approved elective.
3Capstone course
4Students must provide their own transportation to and from internship sites.

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