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American Sign Language/English Interpretation

American Sign Language/English Interpretation

Be a communications conduit between the hearing and non-hearing worlds – interpreting English in a hearing context and American Sign Language in a Deaf-cultural context.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


As an interpreter, you are the crucial link between two very different worlds. You take a message from English, in a hearing-world context, and place it in American Sign Language (ASL) in a Deaf-cultural context. And you do the same in reverse.

As an interpreter, you require excellent social and interpersonal skills, as well as emotional stamina and agility. It's your job to protect the integrity of communication by not changing or influencing its meaning; both audiences depend on you to understand each other.

In your first year, you focus on Deaf culture, advanced-level American Sign Language (ASL), pre-interpretation skills and the theory of interpretation. In second year, you focus on the practice of interpretation.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of the Deaf Studies or American Sign Language (ASL) Studies certificate equivalent.
  • The final stage of the application process includes an in-person interview; the purpose of the interview is to assess your ASL and English skills, as well as your knowledge of Deaf culture. For details on what to expect at the interview, see the ASL Interview Process (PDF 121KB).
  • If you don't respond to your interview invitation, or if you miss a scheduled interview, your application is cancelled.

Program requirements

  • As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional co-operative education credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) between your first and second year.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • There's a shortage of qualified interpreters within this province and beyond. Opportunities exist in various sectors, including:

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC is the only college in the Maritimes to offer this program, and it's one of only four of its kind in Canada.
  • Many of our teaching faculty are Deaf, giving you an authentic, one-on-one experience with Deaf culture.
  • You put your skills to work in real-world environments during your work terms.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AEIP 1007   English to ASL Interpreting Skills
AEIP 1008   ASL to English Interpreting Skills
AEIP 2010   Pre-Interpreting ASL I
AEIP 2012   Discourse Analysis and Translation
AEIP 2014   Introduction to Professional Practice
AEIP 2016   Professional Practice
AEIP 2018   Language Variation in ASL
AEIP 2020   Pre-Interpreting ASL II
AEIP 2030   Interpretation Practice and Analysis
AEIP 3000   ASL for Interpreters I
AEIP 3001   Interpretation I
AEIP 3002   Interpretation II
AEIP 3003   Role and Ethics
AEIP 3004   Skills Analysis I
AEIP 3040   Applied Interpreting I
AEIP 3050   Applied Interpreting II
AEIP 4000   ASL for Interpreters II
AEIP 4004   Skills Analysis II
AEIP 4007   Professional and Business Practices
AEIP 4008   Presentation Arts
AEIP 4040   Interpreting in Educational Settings
AEIP 4500   Applied Interpreting III
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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