Sign Language Interpreting

36 Credit Certificate Program

Hegis Code: 5599 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 24243

Program Description

This 36‐credit certificate program is a response to society's need to accommodate the special requirements of a disadvantaged population. The program will provide students with a basis upon which to build additional interpretation skills. Five classes in Sign Language, together with the Introduction to Deaf Culture and a field placement in sign language interpreting, are the key components of the program. Also required are courses in communications, English, psychology, and conflict resolution.

The program can be completed in three semesters; it may also be pursued on a part‐time basis. Students who have completed some of the liberal arts classes for another program will qualify for the certificate by taking the additional components of the Sign Language Interpreting program.

This certificate program is designed to fit within SUNY Ulster's Associate in Arts degree program in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science. The program can also serve as a foundation for further educational pursuits.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting, a student will be able to

  • Develop a comprehensive sign language vocabulary;
  • Develop fluency in finger spelling;
  • Develop fluency in signing skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of ASL grammar forms;
  • Develop and refine conversational ASL skills;
  • Develop an understanding of Deaf Culture and the history of ASL;
  • Utilize facial expression as an integral part of communication in ASL.

Employment Potential 

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports that more than 38 million Americans have a hearing loss, and 80% of those affected have irreversible and permanent hearing damage. At least one million children are deaf or have a communication disorder. Many local community agencies and school systems are hiring sign language interpreters or contracting with agencies for interpreters. In addition, the skill of sign language interpreting adds to the credentials of job seekers in a number of fields that involve work with a diverse population.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.


To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
ENG 101 College English I 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
SGN 113 Beginning Sign Language I 3
SGN 114 Beginning Sign Language II 3
Semester Credits 12
Second Semester
COM 121 Interpersonal Communications 3
SGN 115 Intermediate Sign Language I 3
SGN 213 Intermediate Conversational Sign Language 3
SOS 107 Introduction to Deaf Culture 3
Semester Credits 12
Third Semester
COM 123 Resolving Conflict through Communication 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
PSY 200 Psychology of Child Development 3
SGN 116 Intermediate Sign Language II 3
SGN 230

Communication Internship

Semester Credits 12
Total Credits 36





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