Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Offered through Arts, Design, Humanities & Communication
@ Florissant Valley
The two-year ASL Interpreter Education Program provides the instruction and experience needed to interpret between individuals using American Sign Language and English. Students focus on a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to interpreting centered around the theory of interpretation. This professional career program consists of a comprehensive series of courses intended to provide students with the necessary mastery of the theory, techniques and skills required to enter the profession of interpretation. St. Louis Community College does not provide interpreter education online, but many of the core curriculum courses can be taken online. NB: STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN THE Interpreter Education Program (IEP) MUST HAVE A STRONG FOUNDATION IN American Sign Language. MOST STUDENTS COMPLETE THE ASL Certificate BEFORE ENROLLING IN THE IEP. Students who have learned ASL elsewhere (CODA's, other schools) will have their sign skills evaluated before being admitted to the IEP.
The Academic Pathway blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their degree.
Additional information is available in our online catalog.
Courses are offered in the following rotation. Courses must be taken in the order
shown, on the Florissant Valley campus.
(CH = Credit Hours)
Associate of Applied Science – Interpreter Education Program 68 Credit Hours (CH)
|FALL 1||16 CH||Spring 1||13 CH|
|DCS 106 ASL III||4 CH||DCS 121 ASL IV||4 CH|
|DCS 109 Grammar & Vocabulary
|3 CH||DCS 206 Interpreting I||3 CH|
|DCS 122 Translation||3 CH||DCS 210 Sign to Voice Interpreting I||3 CH|
|3 CH||3 CH|
SUMMER 1 -DCS 215 Interpreter Seminar
Optional but recommended
|FALL 2||15 CH||SPRING 2||13 CH|
|DCS 211 Specialized Interpreting||3 CH||DCS 212 Deaf History
|DCS 216 Educational Interpreting||3 CH||DCS 213 Professional Issues & Ethics||2 CH|
|DCS 220 Interpreting II||3 CH||DCS 218 Interpreter Field Experience||2 CH|
|DCS 221 Sign to Voice Interpreting II||3 CH||DCS 222 Advanced Interpreting||3 CH|
|MTH 161 Quantitative Reasoning||3 CH||Civics Requirement Options - see CIVICS COURSES||3 CH|
|SUMMER 2 - REQUIRED
DCS 219 Workplace Learning
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES: One per semester, as shown above.
Civics, Comp II (or Report Writing), and Math can be switched around.
REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES appear in the recommended schedule above: ENG 101 College Comp I (3 CH); ENG 102 College Comp II (3 CH) OR ENG 103 Report Writing; MTH:161 Quantitative Reasoning or higher (3 CH); THT 108 Acting I (3 CH); and approved Civics REquirement: Social or Behavioral Science (3 CH). General education courses can be taken on any STLCC campus or at any accredited college.
Learn on specialized resources and computer programs designed for learning a visual language.
Faculty: All American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty in a total immersion format: no voice is permitted in these classes. All interpreting faculty are certified and licensed interpreters.
To prepare for this AAS program, students must complete the Certificate of Specialization in American Sign Language with a B average or better. Applicants who already know ASL will be evaluated by a Deaf instructor and placed at the appropriate level.
Obtain a student license while still in school to begin applying your skills in real-world situations.
Attend full or part time, in day or evening classes.
More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.
All American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty in a total immersion format: no voice is permitted in these classes.
This program offers the convenience of full or part-time, day or evening classes.
STLCC-Florissant Valley is the only college in the state to offer an associate degree in Deaf Communication Studies.
Cost of Attendance
For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.
Program Career and Salary Information
Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.
The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.
Hours for all campuses: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.