Associate in Applied Science
Successful students acquire the skills and knowledge in American Sign Language (ASL), receptive and expressive interpreting, Deaf culture, and the interpreting profession. The Associate in Applied Science program not only includes the full Interpreter Preparation curriculum, but an additional 19 hours in general education credits that may be transferable to a four-year institution.
growth of the employment of interpreters and translators over the next decade. (U.S. Department of Labor)
The ICC Interpreter Preparation program is a robust educational experience leading to a unique skill set to bring to the job market. After successful completion of the program, students will have the skills to take a professional certification exam and gain entry into the interpreting profession.
The ICC Interpreter Preparation program is one of only 7 in Illinois and 130 in the United States.
During the fifth semester, students are able to complete a non-paid internship.
Certified ASL Interpreter, Paraprofessional, Deaf Special Education, Audiologist
if Full Time
64 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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How Do I Get Into the Interpreter Preparation Program?
You have a desire to work with students and individuals in the Deaf community. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- High school coursework in English, humanities, foreign language, communications, and public speaking are beneficial.
- Listening, concentration, and speaking skills are essential for this career.
What Can I Expect As an Interpreter Preparation – AAS Student?
- Experienced faculty who not only teach ASL, but are active in the Deaf community.
- The Interpreter Preparation curriculum is offered fully online.
- General education courses in the Interpreter Preparation Associate in Applied Science program may be transferable to a four-year college or university. Students should work with an advisor to develop a plan that meets academic and professional goals.
- Graduates of the program have gone on to work in K-12 schools, medical facilities, mental health facilities, higher education, and other professional settings.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.