What Can You Do With A Major In Sign Language/English Interpreting


The American Sign Language/English Interpreting Program is dedicated to preparing individuals who can interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community. The Program is committed to providing opportunities that will allow them to acquire the linguistic, cognitive and ethical decision-making skills as well as the socio-cultural knowledge necessary to serve as professional ASL/English interpreters. The Program is committed to enabling them to integrate their communicative competence and socio-cultural knowledge in order to work positively with the Deaf Community.

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Typical Employers/Work Settings

Art Galleries
Arts and Humanities Councils
Cultural Heritage Societies
Federal Agencies
Historic Sites
Historical Associations and Societies
Law Firms Public Advocay Groups
Library of Congress
Local Government Agencies
National and State Parks
Non-Profit Organizations
Public and Private Schools
Research and Services Institutions
State Agencies



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Beginning Salary Range:

$34,000 with a bachelor's degree
$38,000 with a master's degree
(Based on information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers- Spring 2008
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Link To UNF Academic Program

The Exceptional Student and Deaf Education Department at the University of North Florida offers tracks in:
Master of Education in Special Education (M. Ed.)
Concentration:Exceptional Student Education  
Concentration: Deaf Education   
Concentration: Disability Services   
Concentration: American Sign Language/English Interpreting   
Concentration: Applied Behavior Analysis  
Concentration: Autism
Bachelor of Arts In Education (B.A.E.)
Concentration: Exceptional Student Education
Concentration: Deaf Studies 
Bachelor of Science (B.S.E.)
ASL/English Interpreting 

Skills Needed For This Career

Active Listening
Ethical Communication
Knowing Every Sign Perfectly
Exceptional Observational Skills
Quick Thinking
Experience In Many Fields

Professional Associations

National Association of the Deaf
American Sign Language Teachers Association
American Sign Language-Hearing Association
Sign Language Professionals

Special Education and Related Services


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Special Education and Related Services
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Holland Codes

Sign Language Interpreter: SEC
Social     Conventional   Enterprising

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in your career field
  • Take workshops and classes to improve your signing skills. 
  • Immerse yourself in the deaf community before you become a sign language interpreter. 
  • Improve your signing skills and surround yourself with deaf friends. 
  • Find deaf friends with extremely fast signing fluency to improve your receptive skills
  • Complete an interpreter training program and take the certification tests. Apply to take the certification tests at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Once your application is accepted, take both written and performance tests. It typically takes at least 150 days to receive test results and subsequent certification.