Interpreter Training Program

College of Education and Applied Human Sciences
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Interpreter Training Program Guide

Interpreter Training Program Course Sequence Guide

Degree Options

  • B.S. in ASL and English Interpretation

Who Would be Interested in the Interpreter Training Program?

Students who are interested in:

  • American Sign Language
  • Facilitating communication between Deaf and hearing people
  • A challenging career working as an interpreter

Why the Interpreter Training Program?

  • Our program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpretation Education (CCIE).
  • We offer a 4-year BS degree which trains students to become skilled at sign language interpreting.
  • EKU is dedicated to training and educating students to their fullest, and the ITP at Eastern not only reflects this philosophy but also aims to become a nationwide leader in training qualified and professional interpreters.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

During the first two years, students take general education classes and prerequisites which include ASL classes. Students then apply for the ITP program; admission to EKU is not synonymous with admission to the ITP. 

Applications are accepted in the spring of even numbered years. Students selected into the program then attend full time for two years of intensive interpreting course work. Transfer students meeting the prerequisites, including those who have a two-year degree in interpreting, are welcome to apply to our program. (We are not an on-line program.)

Note: For first-year students entering EKU during the fall semester of odd-numbered yars, it may take 5 years to complete the program due to course prerequisites and limited course offerings, unless a student is able to transfer courses, pass credit examinations, and/or enroll in summer classes prior to the first fall semester of the odd-numbered year. 

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Universities
  • K-12 Education
  • Video Relay Service
  • Medical Interpreting
  • Legal Interpreting in various areas of the justice system
  • Interpreting agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Washington State, Washington, D.C.

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Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

Some scholarship funds are available once students are accepted into the program.