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Interpreter Preparation Degree

Offered at: Westminster

The Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) is rigorous and provides a foundation for graduates to meet the high standards essential in the field of sign language interpreting. This program provides high quality American Sign Language (ASL) and sign language interpreting instruction, in a rich learning environment combining classroom instruction, experiential and self-directed learning. We are dedicated to preparing professional interpreters who are competent, ethical, and life-long learners, and promote collaborative involvement as allies within the culturally and linguistically diverse interpreting and Deaf communities.

A.A.S. in Interpreter Preparation

71 credits
(5 semesters)

This A.A.S. degree prepares students for entry-level employment as sign language interpreters.

Students must apply and be accepted into the program (in addition to applying to FRCC). To be accepted, students must demonstrate proficiency in ASL and English, and attend classes on a full-time day schedule (no part-time enrollees). To progress through the program, students must maintain a B or better in every class.  See admissions requirements and process.

Interpreter Preparation Degree: See required courses by semester.

See list of degree requirements.

See interpreter course descriptions.

See sign language course descriptions.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A culturally appropriate personal philosophy, including ethics and values, which will guide interpreting work.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the values and social norms of the diverse Deaf Community and the source of their cultural beliefs, experiences and languages.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the values and social norms of the diverse mainstream society and the source of their beliefs, experiences and languages.
  4. The ability to consecutively, simultaneously and accurately interpret from ASL to spoken English.
  5. The ability to consecutively, simultaneously and accurately interpret from spoken English to ASL.
  6. The ability to consecutively, simultaneously and accurately transliterate from spoken English to CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English).
  7. The ability to consecutively, simultaneously and accurately transliterate from CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English) to English.
  8. The ability to analyze one's own interpreting work, the work of others, giving and accepting constructive feedback while able to analyze own internal biases.
  9. Effective expressive and receptive skills in both ASL and spoken English.
  10. Knowledge and understanding of power, privilege and oppression for addressing cultural differences while interpreting and as allies to the deaf community.

Dedicated Sign Language Lab Facilities

The IPP labs are open to IPP students Monday - Friday for students to practice their skills using videos that cover a wide variety of signing styles, and specific interpreting settings (such as education, medical, legal, mental health, and more). Students can record themselves signing, upload the video to the server, and get feedback from their instructors (bookmarked throughout the video) using the Sony Language Learning Software and GoReact.

Special Activities

Future Interpreters of Colorado (FIC)

FIC is the student organization for students pursuing an Interpreter Preparation degree. Upon acceptance into the program, students are encouraged to become members. FIC’s mission is to develop collaborations between the Deaf community and FRCC students. FIC raises money for organizations in the Deaf community and for the annual ASL Immersion for IPP students.

ASL Immersion

Every spring, we hold a two-day ASL Immersion retreat at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies in Estes Park or a one-day immersion experience in the Denver community. The purpose is to immerse Interpreter Preparation students in ASL and the Deaf culture. The ASL Immersion experience is mandatory for all IPP students.

Transfer Options

All candidates seeking certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)must hold at least a bachelor’s degree (in any field).

Gallaudet University

After earning your A.A.S. at FRCC you can transfer your credits to Gallaudet to earn a B.A. in Interpreting. Gallaudet is the only university in the world that offers undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees in American Sign Language-English Interpretation.

Regis University

FRCC has partnered with Regis University so that your A.A.S. degree will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program (specialization in Community Interpreting). Learn about transferring to Regis.

Siena Heights University

Transfer your in Interpreter Preparation to Siena Heights University an online program based in Michigan to earn your Bachelor of Applied Science in Interpreting.

Annual Salary

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Interpreters & Translators

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2017)

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