Interpreter Preparation

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Interpreter Preparation program is designed to emphasize skills in American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English as well as knowledge of Deaf culture, intercultural communication, ethics, laws, and professional behavior for interpreters. Both theoretical and practical training is designed to prepare students for entrance into the interpreting field, serving both deaf and hearing consumers in a variety of settings. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2015 Fall
Award notes

Admission into the Interpreter Preparation Program is available to a limited number of applicants.
Students accepted into the program begin the following fall semester.
See an academic advisor for application requirements and procedures.
Students must earn a grade of B or better in IPP211, IPP215, IPP218, and IPP220 and must earn a grade of C or better for all remaining courses required within the program.
Application is available in the Office of ASL-IPP the first week of February and is due the first week of March for the fall semester.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Certificate of Completion in Deaf Studies (5333)39-45
Admission criteria

Students must have a high school diploma, or GED, or equivalent.
Completion of program prerequisites.
Formal application and acceptance into program is required.
There are two options: 1.) A one-year fulltime day program; 2.) A two-year part-time evening program.
Acceptance into the program requires a video demonstrating English fluency and an in-person interview to demonstrate ASL fluency.

Program Application fee of $100 (nonrefundable) is required in addition to regular tuition and fees and a receipt from the Phoenix College Cashiers' Office is required.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
COM225Public Speaking3
IPP211Preparation for Interpreting1
IPP215ASL to English Consecutive Interpreting2
IPP216ASL to English Simultaneous Interpreting3
IPP218English to ASL Consecutive Interpreting2
IPP219English to ASL Simultaneous Interpreting3
IPP220Interactive Interpreting I4
IPP221Interactive Interpreting II3
IPP229Interpreter Preparation Internship Seminar (1) AND
IPP230AAInterpreter Preparation Program Internship (1) OR
IPP230ABInterpreter Preparation Program Internship (2)2-3
IPP242Educational Interpreting3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM110AAInterpersonal Communication Part I (1) AND
COM110ABInterpersonal Communication Part II (1) AND
COM110ACInterpersonal Communication Part III (1) OR
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication (3)3
CPD102ADGrowth and Transformation Strategies (2) OR
CPD102AHStress Management (2)2
EDU221requires a minimum of 30 hours of field experience in an elementary or secondary classroom environment.
EDU221Introduction to Education3
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals3
IPP208Advanced American Sign Language Discourse4
IPP229Interpreter Preparation Internship Seminar (1) AND
IPP230AAInterpreter Preparation Program Internship (1) OR
IPP230ABInterpreter Preparation Program Internship (2)2-3
IPP229and IPP230AA or IPP230AB may be repeated for additional Restricted Electives credits.
IPP250AASpecial Topics: Interpreter Preparation (1) OR
IPP250ABSpecial Topics: Interpreter Preparation (2) OR
IPP250ACSpecial Topics: Interpreter Preparation (3)OR
IPP250BASpecial Topics: Interpreter Preparation (.5)1-3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
  • Apply knowledge, public relations, and public speaking skills as an ally for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. (COM225, IPP220, IPP221)
  • Perform text analysis of ASL and English texts. (IPP211, IPP215, IPP216, IPP218, IPP219)
  • Evaluate written English and transfer the concept to appropriate signs. (IPP211, IPP218, IPP242)
  • Assess personal sign communication strengths and weaknesses based on feedback from an agency or school. (IPP229, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Assist, on a voluntary or paid basis, a skilled worker in a business, community service, or school which serves the deaf community. (IPP229, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Analyze personal and peer interpreting work using appropriate techniques. (IPP215, IPP216, IPP218, IPP219, IPP220, IPP221)
  • Apply Interpreting theory to practical interpreting experience. (IPP215, IPP216, IPP218, IPP219, IPP220, IPP221, IPP229, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Interpret basic communications between deaf persons and persons who use spoken English. (IPP215, IPP216, IPP218, IPP219, IPP230AA, IPP230AB, IPP220, IPP221)
  • Interpret American Sign Language into spoken English. (IPP215, IPP216, IPP220, IPP221, IPP 230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Interpret spoken English into American Sign Language. (IPP218, IPP219, IPP220, IPP221, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Function as a telephone interpreter for a deaf person. (IPP220, IPP221)
  • Explain to the public how interpreters serve both hearing and deaf persons. (IPP220, IPP221, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Apply knowledge and decision making techniques defined by the National Association for the Deaf and the Code of Professional Conduct defined by the National Registry for Interpreters. (IPP220, IPP221, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Analyze physical factors involved in interpreting, such as proximity of interpreter and client, lighting, and background. (IPP220, IPP221, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Identify and apply communication techniques to meet special needs of individuals: prelingual deaf, postlingual deaf, deaf-blind, deaf people who are not fluent in ASL or English, oral deaf, and hard of hearing. (IPP220, IPP221, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Recognize interpreter limitations in some situations and make recommendations for alternatives. (IPP220, IPP221, IPP229, IPP230AA, IPP230AB)
  • Recognize and apply federal laws which have had a major impact to better the quality of life of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. (IPP242)
  • Recognize and explain differences in various educational programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Arizona. (IPP242)

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