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Interpreter Education


Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Arts, Design, Humanities & Communication

@ Florissant Valley

This two-year American Sign Language interpreter 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 doesn't yet provide interpreter education online but many of the core curriculum courses can be taken online.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan 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 11 CH Spring 1 13 CH
DCS 106 ASL III 5 CH DCS 108 Orientation
to Interpreting
3 CH
DCS 109 Etymology
for Interpreters
3 CH DCS 121 ASL IV 3 CH
DCS 110 Deaf Theater 3 CH DCS 206 Consecutive
3 CH
    DCS 207 Simultaneous
3 CH
    DCS 209 Interpreting Lab 1 CH
Optional but recommended
DCS 215 Interpreting Seminar
2 CH    
DCS 210 Sign to Voice
3 CH DCS 212 Deaf History
& Culture
3 CH
DCS 211 Specialized
3 CH DCS 213 Issues & Ethics
in Interpreting
3 CH
DCS 214 Interactive
3 CH DCS 217 Translation
3 CH
DCS 216 Educational Interpreting 3 CH DCS 218 Pre-Workplace
3 CH
DCS 219 Workplace Learning
3 CH


17 CH

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REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES: College Comp I (3 CH); College Comp II (3 CH); MTH:108 or higher (3 CH); Natural Science (3 CH, no lab required); Missouri Requirement (3 CH, history); Two Physical Education (1 CH each). Take one or two general education classes each semester. General education courses can be taken on any STLCC campus or at any accredited college.

STLCC Advantage

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.

Flexible Schedule

This program offers the convenience of full or part-time, day or evening classes.

Unique Offering

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.

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