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Interpreter Training Program (ITP)


The Interpreter Training Program at Cincinnati State is a stepping stone toward competency in the field of sign language interpreting, including extensive coursework in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies. The combination of classroom instruction, experiential and self-directed growth, and community involvement creates a rich learning environment.

Interpreting between ASL and English is a challenging and complex task. Students learning the profession must develop fluency in a language that is different from spoken languages. Once fluency is achieved, students must develop the skills to facilitate communication quickly and accurately between the two languages.

The skills required for success in Interpreter Training cannot be mastered through classroom attendance alone. Students must devote a great deal of time to study, practice, skill development, observation, and community involvement. To complete the degree program successfully, students must be able to comprehend, write, and speak in English fluently.

Program graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work as an entry-level interpreter
  • Transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Interpreter of Sign Language
  • Transliterator of Sign Language

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$15 to $40/hour (freelance or hourly services), or $30,000 to $45,000 annually (staff employee)

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of all types of interpreters is projected to grow by 46 percent through 2022, and demand for American Sign Language interpreters is expected to grow rapidly as well. Some venues/settings can be entered immediately upon graduation; others may need more experience, skill-building, and/or certification. Opportunities for sign language interpreters include conference interpreting, cruise/vacation interpreting, deaf/blind interpreting, educational interpreting, legal interpreting, medical interpreting, mental health interpreting, religious interpreting, theatrical interpreting, video relay interpreting, and vocational interpreting.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Cincinnati Christian University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Wright State University

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • K–12 and post-secondary institutions
  • Area churches and religious organizations
  • Community and professional theatrical groups
  • Deaf/blind organizations/events
  • Interpreter referral agencies
  • Mental health agencies
  • Other community organizations /associations

Co-op Salary Projections

Unpaid practicum experience is required


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Interpreter Training Program (ITP)

Program Prerequisite: ITP 101 Beginning American Sign Language 1 and ITP 102 Beginning American Sign Language 2 andITP 140 Fingerspelling and Numbers or ITP Program Chair consent.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
ITP 201Intermediate American Sign Language 1 ( B) 313
ITP 125Deaf Culture and History ( B) 202
ITP 120Psychosocial Aspects of Deafness ( B) 202
Semester 2  
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
ITP 202Intermediate American Sign Language 2 ( B) 313
ITP 135Introduction to the Interpreting Profession ( B) 202
ITP 130Legal Issues of Deafness ( B) 101
ENG 1XX English Composition Elective (G)  303
Semester 3  
ITP 220Educational Intepreting ( B) 202
ITP 230Intermediate Assessment ( B) 101
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)  323
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)  303
ITP XXX Interpreting Elective (B)  202
Semester 4  
ITP 251Advanced American Sign Language 1 ( T) 313
ITP 261Advanced Interpreting 1: Sign to Voice ( T) 303
ITP 250Interactive Interpreting ( T) 303
ITP 270Transliterating ( T) 303
Semester 5  
ITP 252Advanced American Sign Language 2 ( T) 313
ITP 265Interpreting in Specialized Settings ( T) 303
ITP XXX Interpreting Practicum 1 Option (T)  2103
Semester 6  
ITP 262Advanced Interpreting 2: Sign to Voice ( T) 303
ITP 280Interpreter Professionalism ( T) 202
ITP XXX Interpreting Practicum 2 Option (T)  2103
ITP 275Interpreting in Medical Settings ( T) 202
Total Credits:  632665


English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Interpreting Elective
ITP 205Performance Interpreting2
ITP 210Deaf-Blind Interpreting2
ITP 215Religious Interpreting2
ITP 225Vocabulary Building2
Arts/Humanities Elective
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130 3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 111Business Mathematics3
MAT 131Statistics 13
MAT 151College Algebra4
Interpreting Practicum Options (6 credits of practicum required)
ITP 191ITP Limited Practicum 11
ITP 192ITP Limited Practicum 21
ITP 193ITP Limited Practicum 31
ITP 194ITP Limited Practicum 41
ITP 195ITP Limited Practicum 51
ITP 196ITP Limited Practicum 61
ITP 291ITP Parallel Practicum 12
ITP 292ITP Parallel Practicum 22
ITP 293ITP Parallel Practicum 32
ITP 294Educational Interpreting Practicum2
ITP 295ITP General Practicum 13
ITP 296ITP General Practicum 23

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Dawn Caudill, CI, CT, NADS
(513) 569-5753
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