Education Qualifications

Interpreting is a highly specialized professional field; simply knowing sign language does not qualify a person as an interpreter.

Professional sign language interpreters develop their specialization through extensive training and practice over a long period of time. In addition, skills in oral transliteration may be needed. Throughout their careers, interpreters improve their skills, knowledge, and professionalism through continued training. The use of a comprehensive written professional development plan will guide the educational interpreter to meet professional goals, including that of certification.


Following the passage of a number of laws concerning the education of deaf children and adults, educational interpreting has become more common in all educational settings.  This is a growing profession and can be one way of making school programs and services more accessible to deaf students. As a member of the educational team, the interpreter should be an educated and qualified professional. For over 25 years, The Sign Language Company has assisted educators in K-12, Community Colleges, State Universities, Technical Colleges, Law Schools, Medical Schools, Fine Arts Academies……to name a few.

The role of the educational interpreter

Educational interpreters facilitate communication between deaf students and others, including teachers, service providers, and peers within the educational environment. The educational interpreter is a member of the educational team and should be afforded every opportunity to attend meetings where educational guidelines are discussed concerning students who are provided services by that interpreter.

The interpreter may perform in a variety of settings, in and outside of the classroom including instructional activities, field trips, club meetings, assemblies, counseling sessions and athletic competitions. In some schools, interpreters may also interpret for deaf parents, deaf teachers, and other deaf employees.

Avoiding confusion with regard to responsibilities and expectations

To minimize the risk of confusion and misunderstanding, a clear and detailed job description – prepared in advance and shared with all involved is critical.