Specialized Education Services

Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEAS), B.S., concentration in Interpreter Preparation

The only public 4 year program of its kind in NC.

The Interpreter Preparation concentration prepares students for careers as qualified sign language interpreters for the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deaf-blind individuals in both educational and community settings. Additionally, this program will prepare students to take national and state assessments necessary to receive professional credentials.

Career Opportunities

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Program Contact

Sam Parker, MFA, CSC, ASLTA; Rm. 420, School of Education Building; sdparker@uncg.edu; 336.256.1217


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Example Careers:

Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Educational Interpreter/Transliterator, Service Support Provider for the Deaf Blind

Program Contact

Sam Parker, MFA, CSC, ASLTA
Rm. 420, School of Education Building
Phone: 336-256-1217 

Designed For

The Interpreter Preparation concentration is designed for students who have a passion for the culture and language of the Deaf community and an interest in becoming a nationally certified sign language interpreter.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for qualified interpreters exist in a variety of settings including: public school systems(s) (kindergarten through high school), interpreting agencies, and video relay service providers.

Program of Study

See our Example Program of Study (pdf) for a list of required courses.

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Minimum Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Meet with a Professions in Deafness advisor and complete forms outlining Technical Standards, Dispositions, and Program Requirements
  • Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher

Progression Requirements:

  • Satisfactory progress on Dispositions Review each semester
  • Continued demonstration of required competencies outlined in the Technical Standards
  • Passing score on the Professions in Deafness Program Benchmark Assessments
  • Achievement of a B- (2.70) or higher in SES courses
  • Achievement of a 2.0 rating or higher on the ASLPI (taken during ASL IV)
  • Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher

Assessment Information

PEPSI: Program Entry Potential in Sign Language

  • Cost:  Free
  • Purpose: Initial screening to evaluate one’s potential in communicating with members of the Deaf community.  Passing the assessment gives a student permission to take SES 102 ASL II designated for majors
  • When Administered: Taken during SES 101.

SPIL:  Sign Proficiency at the Intermediate Level

  • Cost:  Free
  • Purpose: Secondary screening to evaluate one’s ASL skills and processing ability at the intermediate level.  Passing the assessment gives a student permission to take the SES 203 ASL III designated for majors
  • When Administered:Taken during SES 102 or when a person transfers in at this level.

ASLPI: American Sign Language Proficiency Interview

  • Cost:  $165
  • Purpose: This external assessment evaluates one’s basic ASL skills to determine if they should continue in their field of study and if they have the achieved level of proficiency in order to begin their internship.   Required rating:  2.0 or higher.
  • When Administered: Taken during SES 204 ASL IV; Taken during SES 204

National Assessments

National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Test

Developed by The Registry of Interpreter’s for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Students typically take the written portion of the test while they are a senior in the program and the performance portion after they have graduated and have had some experience in the field. For more information, go to rid.org.

The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)

This test is typically taken before graduation. For more information, go to classroominterpreting.org.

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.