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October 26 - November 20, 2020

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An introduction to the basic theories, principles, and practices of interpreting, this online course will address the history of the profession, interpreters’ roles and responsibilities, and national/local organizations for interpreters. It is appropriate for beginning interpreters, advanced sign language students, and professionals who work with deaf people. Information is divided into four units: the fundamental concepts of the field, the work of interpreters, the settings where interpreters work, and the professional practice of interpreting.


Prerequisite: None
Course Number: PST 325-OL1
Tuition: PST: $296 plus a $35 application fee (See Application Fee and Refund Policy)
Course Materials: Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus.
Instructor: Mary Lightfoot
RID CMP: Gallaudet University is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 1.5 CEUs at the introductory content knowledge level. Please click here for the  Academic Coursework Activity Report Form.
Registration Deadline: October 19, 2020

On the Rise

ASL-English interpreting is a high demand career in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for remote use of American Sign Language interpreters in virtual settings is expected to grow due use of video relay services and video remote interpreting. The interpreting job opportunities can include school settings, government agencies, organizations, health care services, legal services, courts, and relay services, among other settings.