Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is the only college in northern Ohio offering a program in Deaf Interpretive Services leading to the Associate of Applied Sciences degree. The curriculum stretches beyond a career strictly in educational settings, allowing graduates to work as self-employed freelance interpreters or in various business, medical, college and video relay interpreting environments.
Applying to the Program
Students interested in entering the Deaf Interpretive Services (DIS) program at Cuyahoga Community College should complete an application to the College. It is recommended that potential students make an appointment with a Tri-C counselor to discuss the DIS program sequence and course schedules. Students must complete the DIS program admission procedures to be considered for the DIS program. The DIS Program Manager will contact you to schedule an admission meeting, once the admission packet has been submitted and reviewed. Applicants must be high school graduates or have a GED equivalency. Check under the Program Admission button for DIS program admission details.
For information regarding federal aid programs, state grant programs and/ or scholarship opportunities, contact the Financial Assistance Office at your campus:
- Eastern Campus: 216-987-2211
- Metropolitan Campus: 216-987-4100
- Western Campus: 216-987-5100
Transferability of courses varies with the specific course, as well as the guidelines set forth by the four-year college or university to which you are applying. Contact a Tri-C academic counselor for more information on the transfer of credits or further educational opportunities in this field.
Coursework includes interpreting fundamentals, introduction to interpreting settings and orientation to the Deaf community, language and culture. Included are practical application classes in rendering spoken messages into American Sign Language through role-playing and observation of interpreters in different settings. Hands-on experience is gained through lab work and field study, including interpreting and outside visitations within the Deaf community, as well as interviewing and interacting with members of the Deaf community.
The program qualifies students to sit for the knowledge test portion of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) exam. The program acquaints students with the appropriate Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct. In addition to the AAS degree, upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for state licensure through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for K-12 interpreting. The Deaf Interpretive Services program at Cuyahoga Community College is accredited by ODE for those interested in pursuing a career in the K-12 school setting.