Interpreter Preparation

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.

24%
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. 

A Quality Education

The ICC Interpreter Preparation program is one of only 7 in Illinois and 130 in the United States.

Get Involved

During the fifth semester, students are able to complete a non-paid internship.

Career Opportunities

Certified ASL Interpreter, Paraprofessional, Deaf Special Education, Audiologist

COMPLETION TIME

24 Months

if Full Time

5 Semesters
64 Total Credit Hours


What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.

ESTIMATED COST

$9,920

+ supplies & fees

Based on 2022-23


What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

10 Students

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.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

A Hidden Gem of CTE Programs: ICC Interpreter Preparation
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Local Student Embraces His Indigenous Roots at ICC
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I am an ICC Interpreter Preparation graduate, certified ASL interpreter currently working in the Deaf community, and an adjunct instructor in the program. I have often heard the comment that ICC graduates have a level of skill and professionalism not always found in graduates from other programs.

Misty Hall, Adjunct Faculty, Humanities
Let’s Get Started ▸

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.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
  4. High school coursework in English, humanities, foreign language, communications, and public speaking are beneficial.
  5. Listening, concentration, and speaking skills are essential for this career.

What Can I Expect As an Interpreter Preparation – AAS Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?

Admissions


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