American Sign Language Interpreting

American Sign Language Interpreting

About American Sign Language Interpreting

American Sign Language, a form of communication used primarily in deaf communities, is a language in which people use their hands and other body parts to converse without sound. The American Sign Language Interpreting program (ASLI) at Valdosta State prepares students to interpret between American Sign Language and English in a variety of settings. There is a high demand for qualified interpreters who play a vital role in making communication accessible.

American Sign Language Interpreting at Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University is the only college in Georgia and one of very few in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in American Sign Language interpreting. Because of a critical shortage of American Sign Language interpreters, students in the Valdosta State program are in high demand, and the university boasts a 95-percent job placement rate for graduates. The American Sign Language interpreting degree program can be completed on campus or via distance learning, and classes average just 15 students. Students gain hands-on experience by participating in fieldwork and completing internships. On-campus activities for ASL majors include the American Sign Language Club and the American Sign Language Honor Society. Students also develop their skills through service learning opportunities across campus and the surrounding community.


About the American Sign Language Interpreting Curriculum


The American Sign Language interpreting curriculum can be completed on campus or utilizing distance education options. Students learn interpreting skills and gain in-depth knowledge of the field. To enhance the classroom experience, students participate in field experiences and an internship in public schools and other community placements. Upon completion of the ASL Interpreting degree program, students qualify to take state and national evaluations for inter­preter proficiency.

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Sign Language Interpreters* work as staff or private practitioners in a variety of settings— wherever those who speak English need to communicate with those who use ASL. Some of these include:

  • K-12 Education
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Legal
  • Medical
  • Performing Arts
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.