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
1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: (904) 620-1811 Fax: (904) 620-3895 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program information: email@example.com
Florida State College at Jacksonville Lori Cimino,
Sign Language Interpreting
11901 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Phone: (904) 646-2392
St. Petersburg College Carol Downing,
Sign Language Interpretation
2465 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 341-4369 Fax: (727) 444-6728
Miami Dade College, North Campus Josett Peat
Bldg 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1354
11380 NW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33167
Phone: (305) 237-1305
University of South Florida Andrea Smith
Interpreter Training Program Coordinator
4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974-8978
BA in Communication Disorders: Deaf Studies (DST) Interpreter Training (ITT) Language-Speech-Hearing Science (LSH)
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)|