Degrees & Certificates

Interpreter Training

Associate in Applied Science


Communication is vital in any language, and with more than 6,000 spoken languages in the world, interpreters use their knowledge of language, culture and subject matter to make a difference in the lives of many people.

Waubonsee’s Interpreter Training Program was the first-of-its-kind in Illinois when it was introduced in 1975 to connect those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who can hear—and it remains at the forefront of study thanks to state-of-the-art digital technology used by high-quality instructors.

Studying Interpreter Training at Waubonsee

In addition to American Sign Language principles, the curriculum explores topics that successful interpreters need: theory, history and strategies for signing; analysis of meaning; and protocols and techniques including specialized vocabularies.

As global population increases, so will the opportunity to support the those who need sign language services, giving interpreters great reward.

Working in Interpreter Training

There is great responsibility converting information between languages, especially for those who require sign language to communicate. Compassion and instinct must work side-by-side with knowledge and skill to help people who are unable to help themselves access language and support services. Talented sign interpreters are needed in many settings, including schools, hospitals, courtrooms and businesses.



The Interpreter Training Program has special admission requirements.



Join ASL-Deaf Connection to build rapport with the deaf community and hone your interpreting skills.

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Costs and Payments


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