Florida Educational Interpreter Project
Interpreter Training Programs

Preparation and Education

Becoming a proficient interpreter/transliterator begins with developing fluent expressive and receptive sign language skills. Once your skills have developed you may want to take one of the available screening or evaluation tools which provide an indication your skills.

If you are considering a career in interpreting you should seek a college education. Beginning in 2009, an applicant for the National Interpreter Certificate will be required to hold a 2 year college degree. This degree can be in any field of study. As of 2012, the requirement changed to a Bachelor Degree, in any field of study.

We have listed the community colleges and the university offering sign language studies or interpreter training. You can contact them for more detailed information about their programs.

University of North Florida Dr. Len Roberson, ASL/English

Interpreting Program

1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224

Phone: (904) 620-1811 Fax: (904) 620-3895 E-mail: len.roberson@unf.edu

Program information: interpretingdegree@unf.edu

M.S. Degree: ASL/English Interpreting/Concentration in Interpreting Pedagogy

M.S. Degree: ASL/English Interpreting/Concentration in General Practitioner


Florida State College at Jacksonville Lori Cimino,

Program Manager

Sign Language Interpreting

South Campus

11901 Beach Blvd

Jacksonville, FL 32246  

Phone: (904) 646-2392

E-mail: lori.cimino@fscj.edu  

A.S. in Sign Language Interpretation

St. Petersburg College Carol Downing,

Program Director

Sign Language Interpretation

Clearwater Campus

2465 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765   

Phone: (727) 341-4369 Fax: (727) 444-6728

E-mail: downing.carol@spcollege.edu  

A.S. in Sign Language Interpretation

Educational Interpreting sub-plan in B.S. in Educational Studies and Community Leadership.


Miami Dade College, North Campus Josett Peat


Bldg 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1354

11380 NW 27th Ave.

Miami, FL 33167  

Phone: (305) 237-1305

E-mail: jpeat@mdc.edu  

A.S. in Sign Language Interpretation

University of South Florida Andrea Smith

Program Director

Interpreter Training Program Coordinator

4202 East Fowler Ave.

PCD 1017

Tampa, FL 33620

Phone: (813) 974-8978

E-mail: asmith1@usf.edu

BA in Communication Disorders: Deaf Studies (DST) Interpreter Training (ITT) Language-Speech-Hearing Science (LSH)


Screening, Evaluation and Certification

National Certification

Two national organizations, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf have developed a single evaluation and certification system for sign language interpreters and transliterators, called the National Interpreter Certification (NIC). For more information about this new system please visit the RID website.

The RID performance evaluations can be take at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville FL. The NIC written test is administered in many locations in Florida.   See the RID website for specifics.

Jobs and Pay Scales

The largest employer of sign language and oral interpreters is the public schools K-12, technical schools and higher education colleges and universities. Pay ranges from the same as teacher aides or paraprofessionals ($15,000.00 approx.) to as much as $35,000.00 depending on credentials. Each district or county determines their own pay scale.

Working in the community, interpreters generally earn an hourly wage, with no benefits, according to their level of certification, screening or evaluation. This can range from $8.00 to $40.00 per hour, often with a 2 hour minimum. There are a number of private companies/agencies which provide interpreting services, a person may work through them or be in private practice. Interpreting in legal settings is generally the highest paying, however it has the greatest liability.

State Colleges Programs in Interpreting, ASL or Deaf Studies


Name Contact Degree
Florida State College at Jacksonville South Campus 11901 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32346 Lori Cimino Communications/Media Dept Phone: (904) 646-2392 Website  Associate in Science
Miami Dade College North Campus 11380 NW 27th Ave. Miami, FL 33167 Josett Peat, Chairperson English & Communications Dept Phone: (305) 237-1305 Website Associate in Science
St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus 6605 Fifth Ave North St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Carol Downing, Program Director Communications Dept Phone: (727) 341-4369 Website Associate in Science
Valencia College East Campus 701 N Econlockhatchee Trail Orlando, FL 32825 Debbie Drobney, Program Chair Social Science Dept Phone: (407) 582-2881 Website Associate in Arts


University Programs in Special Education, Deaf Education, Interpretation and Related Fields



Name Contact Majors Degree
Daytona State College PO Box 2811 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32210 Margie Hensler, Director Phone: (386) 506-3487 Website  Exceptional Student Education BS
Florida Atlantic University 777 Glades Rd. PO Box 3091 Boca Raton, FL 33431 Dr. Michael Brady, Chair Phone: (561) 297-3280 Website  Speech Pathology and Audiology, Exceptional Student Education Communication Sciences and Disorders BA M.Ed. Ed.D.
Florida Gulf Coast University 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. Ft. Myers, FL 33965 Office of the Dean College of Education Phone: (239) 590-7800 Website Special Education BA M.Ed.
Florida International University 11200 SW 8th Street, ZEB Building Miami, FL 33199  Dr. Maria Fernandez, Chair Phone: (305) 348-0193 Website Exceptional Student Education Special Education BS M.Ed. Ed.D.
Florida State University 600 W. College Ave. Tallahassee, FL 32306 Dr. Barbara Foorman, Director Phone: (850) 645-7456 Website Special Education Communication Science and Disorders BS MS Ph.D. Specialist
University of Central Florida 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816 Jay Hoffman, Ph.D. Chair Phone: (407) 823-1272 Website Communication Sciences and Disorders Exceptional Education BS MA Ed.S. Ph.D.
University of Florida College of Education 140 Norman Hall Gainesville, FL 32611 Dr. Jean Crockett,Department Chair Phone: (352) 273-4292 Website Early Childhood (BA, M.Ed.) Special Education (Ph.D., Ed.D., Ed.S.) BA M.Ed. Ph.D. Ed.D. Ed.S.
University of North Florida 1 Univ of North Fl Dr Jacksonville, FL 32224 Dr. Karen Patterson, Department Chair Phone: (904) 620-2930 Website Deaf Studies ASL/Deaf Studies ASL/English Interpreting Deaf Education BA BS M.Ed.
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33620 Andrea Smith, Program Director Phone: (813) 974-8978 Website Audiology Communication Sciences & Disorders Speech Lang. Pathology BA MS Au.D. Ph.D.
University of West Florida 11000 University Parkway Pensacola, FL 32514 Charlotte Boling, Ph.D. Chair Phone: (850) 474-2646 Website Exceptional Student Education Special Education BA MA

Independent Colleges/Universities Offerings in Deafness, Sign Language, Interpreting and Special Education

Name Contact Majors Degree
Barry University 11300 NE 2nd Ave Miami Shores, FL 33161 Dr. Judy Harris-Lobby Department Chair Phone: (305) 899-3709 Website  Exceptional Student Education MS Ph.D.
Bethune-Cookman College 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Dr. Leslie Sena, Chair, Phone: (386) 481-2303 Website Exceptional Student Education BS
Flagler College 74 King St. St. Augustine, FL 32084 Dr. Michele Gregoire, Chair Phone: (904) 819-6271 Michella Maiorana-Basas Deaf Ed Program Director Phone: (904) 819-6277 Website  Elementary Ed/-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Elementary Ed/ Exceptional Student Education BA
Florida Memorial University 15800 NW 42 Ave. Miami Gardens, FL 33054 Dr. Mildred Berry, Dean Phone: (305) 626-1444 Website  Exceptional Education BS MS
Florida Southern College 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. Lakeland, FL 33801 Dr. Perry Castelli, Chair Phone: (863) 680-6289 Dr. Kathleen Milburn, Coordinator of Special Ed Phone: (863) 680-4176 Website  Specific Learning Disabilities (Optional, Varying Exceptionalities) BA BS
Lynn University 3601 North Military Trl Boca Raton, FL 33431 Priscilla Boerger, Director Phone: (561) 237-7082 Website  Exceptional Student Education BS M.Ed.
Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314 Dr. Sidi M Lakhdar Phone: (954) 262-8638 Website  Communication Disorders Exceptional Student Education Special Education Speech Language Pathology BS MS Ed.D.
Saint Leo University 33701 St. Rd 52 Saint Leo, FL 33574 Dr. Carol WalkerDean School of Ed. & Social Services Phone: (352) 588-8283 Website  Exceptional Student Education M.Ed.
St. Thomas University 16400 NW 32nd Ave. Miami, FL 33054 Dr. Hilroy Thomas, Assoc. Dean/ Director Phone: (305) 628-6756 Website  Special Education Masters
Stetson University 421 N Woodland Blvd. DeLand, FL 32723 Dr. Christopher Colwell, Director Phone: (386) 822-7073 Website  Varying Exceptionalities Masters
University of Miami School of Education 5202 University Dr. Merrick Build. Rm. 312 Coral Gables, FL 33146 Dr. Elizabeth Harry, Chair Phone: (305) 284-5363 Dr. Robert F. Moore, Assoc. Chair Phone: (305) 284-3187 Website Elem/ Exceptional Student Education Early Childhood Special Education BS M.Ed. Ed.S. Ph.D.
Warner University 13895 Hwy 27 Lake Wales, FL 33859 Dr. Steven Darr, Dean of Faculty Phone: (863) 638-7230 Website  Exceptional Student Education BA


Colleges/Universities Distance Learning Offerings in Deafness, Sign Language, Interpreting and Special Education

Name Contact Majors Degree
Daytona State College PO Box 2811 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32210 Margie Hansler, Director Phone: (386) 506-3487 Website Exceptional Student Education BS in Education (partially online)
Troy University 600 University Ave Troy Campus Troy, AL 36082 Cynthia Dodzik, ITP Faculty Advisor Phone: (334) 808-6375 Judy Robertson, ITP Faculty Advisor Phone: (334) 808-6331 Website Interpreter Training Program BS (on-campus, blended or fully online)
University of Northern Colorado Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center 1059 Alton Way- Box 7 Denver, CO 80230 Leilani Johnson, Ed.D., Director Phone: (303) 365-7688 Susan Brown, Coordinator Phone: (303) 637-3078 Website ASL-English Interpretation Program BA (fully online or onsite)
University of North Florida Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education 1 UNF Drive, Suite 3500 Jacksonville, FL 32224 Sherry Shaw, Ed.D. Interpreting Program Phone: (904) 620-1811 Website  ASL/English Interpreting BS / MS (blended or onsite)
John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Rd. Carterville, IL 62918 Paula Willig, Advisor Phone: (618) 985-3741 x8456 Website ASL/Deaf Studies and Interpreter Preparation Program AAS Degree or Certificate (fully online)
Siena Heights University Distance Learning Programs 1247 E. Siena Heights Drive Adrian, MI 49221 Lori Timmis, Assistant Dean Phone: (517) 264-7687 Mary Roberts, Advisor Phone: (517) 264-7189 Website  Sign Language Interpreting BS (fully online)
University of Cincinnati Uptown (Main) Campus 2600 Clifton Ave Cincinnati, OH 45221 Suzanne Ehrlich, Director Phone: (513) 556-1670 or (513) 556-6161 Website Signed Language Interpreting Deaf Studies BS (online or onsite) Certificate
Spartanburg Community College PO Drawer 4386 Spartanburg, SC 29305 Denise Huff Program Director Phone: (864) 592-4883 Website Basic Interpreting Certificate (fully online)