Educational Interpreting

American Sign Language

A shortage of interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals exists in Arizona and the U.S. The shortage affects elementary and secondary schools most severely. The Educational Interpreting/ASL Interpreting emphasis is designed to address this problem.

Students in Educational Interpreting receive education and experience to become interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in educational settings. Students are required to become fluent in American Sign Language, gain a cultural appreciation and respect of deaf culture, utilize current theories/models of interpreting, and gain practical experience through school-based internships.

Please note this degree was previously called Special Education and Rehabilitation (SERP). 


Stipends are available to full-time students attaining upper-division status (56 credit hours). Some tuition waivers are available for part-time students.

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Education awarded this program a $1.25 million grant to address the shortage of educational interpreters throughout the country. Thanks to the grant, qualified students who agree to work as educational interpreters in the U.S. public school system are eligible for funding. Contact Holly Nelson for more information about this funding opportunity.

Application requirements

  • 60 credit hours at the start of the program
  • Must have completed all composition, math, and 4th semester ASL
  • Minimum of two professional letters of recommendation
  • Professional Admittance to the Deaf Studies and Educational Interpreting emphasis is required. For questions, please contact the Deaf Studies advisor.


Associate Professor of Practice Holly Nelson