Connect people through Sign Language.

Open a world of opportunity.

Sign language interpreters serve as a bridge, making it possible for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to communicate with those who are able to hear. Interpreters connect people and communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts accurately and quickly. It takes dexterity—quick, coordinated hands, fingers, and arm movements—and an ability to concentrate in the midst of potential distractions.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

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Interpreter Training Associate Degree from Baker College

Interpreter TrainingAssociate of Applied Science

Connect people through Sign Language.

Open a world of opportunity.

Sign language interpreters serve as a bridge, making it possible for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to communicate with those who are able to hear. Interpreters connect people and communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts accurately and quickly. It takes dexterity—quick, coordinated hands, fingers, and arm movements—and an ability to concentrate in the midst of potential distractions.

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Career Facts

$45,430

Median salary for Interpreters and Translators

42%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 Interpreters and Translators

$58,560

Median salary for Interpreters - Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

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Overview

When you study sign language at Baker College, you not only learn how to translate words, but also develop knowledge of how to convey concepts and ideas clearly. Our instructors, who have been chosen for their excellence as interpreters and their teaching skills, help you become fluent in sign language. Through extensive practice and internships, you develop your ability to interpret by applying your concentration, memory, and listening skills. 

This high-demand field offers many opportunities. When you graduate, you will have a Quality Assurance (QA) rating of II, and be ready to work in schools, service centers for the hearing-impaired, or as an independent interpreter.

Course Information
Interpreter Training Major74 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 211A
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5 Quarter Hours

Examines the structures of English by applying various theories of grammar including traditional, transformational, and structural grammars. This course also examines aspects of language such as syntax, morphology, phonology, etc. Analyzes language use in various social contexts and with various audiences with an emphasis on Standard American English.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Structures of English5
ITP 101
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2 Quarter Hours

Studies the variety of cultural experiences and perspectives among people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Topics include the relationship of language and community, audiological vs. cultural deafness, dynamics in families with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the role of the interpreter. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

The Deaf Community2
ITP 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Begins the exploration of Deaf culture and the language of that culture. Emphasis is on comprehension and production skills. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

American Sign Language I4
ITP 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills for communicating with Deaf people who sign. Emphasis is on expansion of ASL vocabulary and continued development of expressive and receptive sign skills. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 111.
American Sign Language II4
ITP 113
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides additional vocabulary and synthesis of grammatical elements of American Sign Language (ASL) through expressive and receptive use of conversational sign language. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 112.
American Sign Language III4
ITP 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on integrating the grammatical components of American Sign Language (ASL) into an expressive means of communication. Promotes and creates an awareness of conversational behaviors used by the Deaf community, and provides practice of those behaviors in the classroom and other settings. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 112.
Expressive Manual Communication2
ITP 131A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides practice in expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills with focus on manual alphabet and numbers. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 111.
Fingerspelling I2
ITP 132A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides advanced instruction and practice in expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 131A.
Fingerspelling II2
ITP 141A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides development of the student's receptive skills in conversational sign language. Concentration is on understanding manual communication systems used by Deaf persons. Prepared videotapes are used to facilitate advanced proficiency of sign to voice systems. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 112, C or better in ITP 121.
Sign to Voice I4
ITP 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the interpretation process by demonstrating models of a dynamically equivalent message from the Source Language (spoken English) to the Target Language (ASL) and then allowing students to interpret complete and connected short messages consecutively. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 214, C or better in ITP 231.
Voice to Sign I4
ITP 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Builds upon prior coursework by requiring students to demonstrate accurate interpretation by conveying a dynamically equivalent message from the Source Language (spoken English) to the Target Language (ASL). In this second class, students will interpret longer texts and more complex material simultaneously and consecutively. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 201.
Voice to Sign II4
ITP 214
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4 Quarter Hours

Improves understanding and fluency of American Sign Language (ASL) with focus on larger informational chunks and short stories. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 113, C or better in ITP 121, C or better in ITP 132A.
American Sign Language IV4
ITP 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the roles, ethics and responsibilities of the interpreting profession. Explores needed skills of the interpreter in various settings, including educational, mental health, vocational rehabilitation, legal, religious, telecommunications and media, medical, Deaf-blind, and minimal language skills. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 214, C or better in ITP 231.
Corequisite(s):
ITP 271.
Introduction to the Interpreting Profession4
ITP 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the linguistic organization of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes basic linguistic perspectives, how American Sign Language is learned, and the relationship with the English language. Emphasizes topics in linguistic variation and translation. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 113, C or better in ITP 121, C or better in ITP 132A.
Linguistic Principles4
ITP 242A
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4 Quarter Hours

Expands and advances the fluency in receptive sign language and for voicing all levels of communication of Deaf persons. Focus is on interpreter inquiries, listening, attending, internal message formulation, vocabulary search, and monitoring output. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 141A.
Sign to Voice II4
ITP 251A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces basic skills for students to demonstrate accurate transliteration by conveying a dynamically equivalent message from the Source Language (spoken English) to the Target Language (ASL). In this course, students will transliterate texts simultaneously and consecutively. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 221. ITP 272.
Transliterating I4
ITP 261A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the life experiences of persons in the Deaf community, the history of the Deaf community in America, and the sociology of the Deaf and the hard of hearing. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 101, C or better in ITP 214.
Deaf Culture and History4
ITP 271
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents an opportunity for students to build accuracy and fluency through hands-on skill development and observation. A minimum of 120 hours of field experience will be completed in diverse settings throughout the Deaf community in Michigan. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check, Program Director/Dean approval.
Corequisite(s):
ITP 221.
Signing Internship I4
ITP 272
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents an opportunity for students to build accuracy and fluency through hands-on skill development and observation. A minimum of 120 hours field experience will be completed in diverse settings throughout the Deaf community in Michigan. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check, Program Director/Dean approval.
Corequisite(s):
ITP 251A.
Signing Internship II4
ITP 291
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops skills necessary for interpreting and transliterating evaluation through simulated testing using interactive multimedia of hearing and Deaf individuals. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Professional Interpreter Seminar I4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 106

Program Description

This program prepares graduates for employment as Sign Language Interpreters who facilitate communication between deaf and hard of hearing individuals and the hearing population. Upon successful completion of the associate's degree program, graduates will have the skills required to be eligible to sit for the state certification test.

Accreditation

Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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