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American Sign Language Certificate and Degree Information

There are two certificate programs and one degree program available at College of DuPage: The American Sign Language (ASL) Certificate, the American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) Certificate and the American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree.

American Sign Language (ASL) Certificate

The American Sign Language (ASL) Certificate prepares the student with a foundation of American Sign Language and increased understanding of Deaf culture. This 21 credit certificate provides a sequential progression of language proficiency, grammatical and analytical skills, and engagement with the Deaf and HOH Community, as well as a preparation for interpreting. This certificate does not have a selective admissions process. Students can simply follow the seven-course sequence provided here. Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply for limited enrollment in the ASLI Certificate or Degree Program.

American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) Certificate

The American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) Certificate provides instruction in the communication models and processes of American Sign Language. This includes Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding, and hands-on training in interpreting. This is a selective admissions program. Students will need to apply and be officially admitted to this program. This 24-credit certificate program is recommended for those students who hold an Associates’ Degree or higher and have demonstrated competence in ASL. Successful completion of this certificate program will prepare students to take in the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission licensure exam, and/or the Boys Town Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment, which are required to be employed in Illinois. In order to take the National Interpreting Certificate (NIC) Exam, completion of a Bachelor’s Degree is required. For more details regarding certification and licensure examinations, please visit RID.org.

American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree prepares students for a career working as a sign language interpreter. This degree is a combination of the ASL Certificate, the ASLI Certificate, and General Education coursework. This program is considered a full-time program if taking 12+ credit hours per semester. Successful completion of this degree will prepare students to take in the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission licensure exam, and/or the Boys Town Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment, which are required to be employed in Illinois. In order to take the National Interpreting Certificate (NIC) Exam, completion of a Bachelor’s Degree is required. For more details regarding certification and licensure examinations, please visit RID.org.

This is a selective admissions program. Students must officially apply and be admitted to this program before they can begin coursework.

Contact Information

Adam Wasilewski
ASLI Program Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H06D
(630) 318-6806
Email: wasilewskia54@cod.edu