The interpreter training program is designed to develop fluency in American Sign Language and to prepare interpreters to function in a variety of interpreting situations with persons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
"Coming to OSU-OKC and getting certified in sign language was the best career choice I have ever made. [OSU-OKC] doesn’t throw general degrees at students in hopes they will learn their trade during their first job. They train you to be ready for the workforce and give you practical experience."
-- Jana Foster,
Interpreter Training graduate
Mainstreaming in public school classrooms and increased post-secondary opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students have led to an expanding need for and use of educational interpreters to convey concepts and vocabulary in a wide range of academic and career disciplines. There is also a demand for interpreters in private practice for settings such as medical, legal, mental health and social services.
OSU-Oklahoma City offers an Associate of Science in American Sign Language degree and an Associate of Applied Science in Sign Language Interpretation degree. The Associate of Science in American Sign Language provides coursework that serves as a foundation for a bachelor’s degree in areas such as deaf education, speech pathology and audiology, interpreter training or any area where signing skills are needed.
O*NET Online and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics have classified Interpreter jobs to be in demand all over the nation. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected growth for 2021-2031 is 20%, much faster than average. Interpreter jobs are always in demand, especially in Oklahoma. Nationally, median wages as of 2022 are $25.79 hourly, $53,640 annually; in Oklahoma, workers on average earn $36,670.
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For More Information Contact:
Interim Academic Advisor
Department Head, Interpreter Training
3401 W. Reno, HSEC 144
Human Services Education Center
3401 W. Reno Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107