ASL/English Interpreting

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The ASL/English Interpreting major prepares students to work with adults and children who are d/Deaf or have a hearing loss.

The interpreting courses and instructors prepare students to interpret in educational and community settings. Graduates receive licensure from the state of Ohio to interpret in pre-K-12. Students also receive instruction and practice necessary to interpret in community settings, including medical and mental health venues, social service offices, job sites, and universities to name a few.

This intensive major challenges and prepares students for the dynamic and diverse field of sign language interpreting. All of the instructors are nationally certified with extensive careers as interpreters in a wide variety of venues. The KSU ASL/English Interpreting Program prepares students by developing expertise, fluency, and professional practice. Students have three years of ASL instruction. Coursework encompasses interpreting process models, analytical approaches to professional and ethical decision-making, interpreting proficiency across a variety of settings and consumers, and comparative analysis of English and ASL through the study of linguistics, discourse structures and features, pragmatics and sociolinguistics. Students develop self assessment strategies for lifelong learning and receive guidance in preparing for the RID NIC and EIPA national certifications. A key component of this major is over 500 hours of practicum experience with interpreter mentors.

Contact Dr. Jamie L. McCartney at with questions regarding the ASL/English Interpreting program at Kent State University.

Degrees Licensure

B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting

ASL/English Interpreting License