Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education

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    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

    Gain flexible, portable and transferable skills for this in-demand field.

    Prepare to take the interpreter license exam through the Missouri Interpreter Certification System.

    The only AAS in Deaf Communication Studies in the state of Missouri.

  • The STLCC Advantage

    divider-stlcc-advantageLearn on specialized resources and computer programs designed for learning a visual language.

    Faculty: All American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty in a total immersion format: no voice is permitted in these classes.

    To prepare for this AAS program, students may wish to earn a Certificate of Specialization in American Sign Language with a B average or better.

    Obtain a student license while still in school to begin applying your skills in real-world situations.

    Attend full or part time, in day or evening classes.

    More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

    To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have. CLICK HERE

  • Career Opportunities


    Most full-time positions are in K-12 educational settings.

    Advanced career opportunities are found in interpreter referral agencies, government agencies and video relay interpreting.

    • Schools/School Districts
    • Referral Agencies
    • State and Local Social Work Agencies
    • Mental Health Agencies
    • Video-Relay Providers
    • Hospitals
    • Private Counselors
    • Large Corporations

    STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here

    Job Resources

    Gainful Employment Data
  • Estimated Expenses and Financial Aid


    STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than for-profit institutions.

    • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
    • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
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    • For more information on expenses incurred as part of this program, please contact the program coordinator.
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  • Faculty


    Tom Flynn, A.A., B.A., M.A.
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 314-513-4122

  • Program Curriculum


    Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education (AAS) 68 Credits

    Program Total: 68 credits
    I. Career General Education 15 credits
    ENG:101 College Composition I 3
    ENG:102 College Composition II 3
    MTH:xxx 100 level or higher 3
    XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
    XXX:xxx Biological/Physical Science 3
    II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
    III. Area of Concentration 51 credits
    DCS:106 American Sign Language III 5
    DCS:121 American Sign Language IV 3
    DCS:108 Orientation to Interpreting 3
    DCS:109 Etymology for Interpreters 3
    DCS:110 Deaf Theater Studies 3
    DCS:206 Consecutive Interpreting 3
    DCS:207 Simultaneous Interpreting 3
    DCS:209 Interpreting/Transliterating Lab 1
    DCS:210 Sign to Voice Interpreting 3
    DCS:211 Specialized Interpreting 3
    DCS:212 Deaf History and Culture 3
    DCS:213 Professional Issues and Ethics 3
    DCS:214 Interactive Interpreting 3
    DCS:216 Educational Interpreting –
    Classroom Applications
    DCS:217 Translation Applications of ASL 3
    DCS:218 Pre-Workplace Learning 3
    DCS:219 Workplace Learning:
    Deaf Communication Studies

    We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here

    Related Programs:
    Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language (CS)

  • Additional Information


    STLCC’s Deaf Communications Studies Advisory Board, a group of professional interpreters and representatives from local hiring agencies, advises program leaders on curriculum and how it relates to employment in the field.

    Knowledge of American Sign Language can be a valuable addition to a resume for people in a wide variety of service fields, such as special education teachers, teaching assistants, nursing home personnel, educational advocates, social workers, nurses, and more.

    The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations, and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss.


    The Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education program is offered at our Florissant Valley campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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