Interpreter Training Program Admission

Procedure for Entering the Interpreter Training Program
Waubonsee offers a full-time Interpreter Training Program which must be completed in a block fashion. Students are eligible to register for Interpreter Training (ITP) courses after completing the following steps:

  1. Submit a completed New Student Information Form to Admissions. (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756
  2. Confirm that official transcripts of courses taken anywhere other than Waubonsee Community College have been received and recorded in Registration and Records. (630) 466-7900, ext. 2370
  3. Complete full assessment testing through our Center for Learning Assessment. (630) 466-7900, ext. 5700
  4. Meet with one of the counselors for SGN/ITP to establish a schedule for taking the Sign Language and ITP courses. Complete the online Electronic Registration and Planning Session (E-RAP). Patricia Klonoski (630) 466-7900, ext. 2361, pklonoski@waubonsee.edu, or Ulysses Diaz (630) 801-7900, ext. 4692, udiaz@waubonsee.edu 
  5. Complete all SGN courses with a grade of C or better. A grade of C or better AND a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in SGN104, SGN105, SGN106, and SGN108 courses is required. (See Sign Language Course Listings and Class Information Handout.)
  6. Take ITP assessments for the first time between May and November of the year prior to starting the Interpreter Training Program. Successfully complete all portions of the ITP assessment by June 1 of the year you are entering the ITP program. (630) 466-7900, ext. 5700. Acceptance into the program is based on assessment results, with documentation of a 12.0 grade equivalent level on both sections of the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. This means a minimum score of 12.0 on the vocabulary and comprehension sections of the test. A minimum score of 75 is required for the Compass Writing Skills test. A minimum score of 55 is required for the writing sample. A student has three opportunities to successfully meet assessment requirements. If a student fails to successfully complete assessment requirements on their first and/or second attempts, eight weeks must elapse between testing sessions. This time should be used to improve writing and vocabulary skills before retesting. Guidance is provided by the Tutoring Center and the Center for Learning Assessment for students who do not meet these entry requirements. Passing test scores are valid for 24 months.
  7. Complete the special application (pdf) required for entry into the program. Application to the program must be made prior to the application deadline of April 1 of the year you plan to enter the ITP Program.
  8. Veterans or military service members that have current eligibility for either federal VA Education benefits or Illinois military grants [Federal VA Education programs include:  Chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 and REAP. State grants are the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) or Illinois National Guard (ING).] Attach a copy of your benefits Certificate of Eligibility to your application. Our office will confirm your benefit eligibility by contacting the Waubonsee Financial Aid Office's VA School Certifying Official. 
  9. SGN courses must be completed within 18 months of the student's planned start date. For example, a student cannot take 2 years off and then decide to enter ITP. This requirement can only be waived by the Dean for Health Professions and Public Service when the student has documented interpreting experience.
  10. Official written notification of acceptance into the program will be received via certified mail. 

Scheduling Note 1: SGN courses are offered during the day and evenings, but not all courses are offered every semester. Since all SGN courses must be completed before entering any ITP courses, please consider this when scheduling.

Upon successful completion of the eight SGN courses, you are eligible to apply for the Sign Language Certificate of Achievement (664B Major Code). 

  1.  
    1. Complete all ITP courses with a grade of C or better.
    2. Complete all ITP courses within a three-year time period. Exceptions can only be granted by the Dean for Health Professions and Public Service.
    3. Complete all practicum hours.
  2. Procedure for Completing the Interpreter Training Program
    To complete the Interpreter Training Program with a certificate or degree, students must complete the following steps:

    Scheduling Note 2: ITP courses are only offered full time, in block scheduling. These courses are offered during the day on Monday and Wednesday. Students may repeat a course only once.