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Sign Language Interpreting Application Information

To apply:
Applicants must have completed three semesters of ASL or have equivalent experience before applying for the program. Applicants for the Sign Language Interpreting program are encouraged to have:
  • Completed at least 45 credits
  • Taken the following program prerequisite courses:
    • CSD 2205 Introduction to Professions in the Communication Sciences
    • CSD 2249 Fingerspelling & Numbers
    • CSD 2250 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession
    • CSD 2256 Deaf Culture and Community (or an equivalent) (OBJ 9)
    • CSD 2258 Language Acquisition in ASL
Our online assessment is typically available in January. The early admission deadline is Feb 19th. For regular admission, completed applications received by April 1st are given consideration. Applications received after this time may be considered if space permits. We accept one cohort per academic year to begin classes in the fall. Each cohort is between 12-15 students. For Fall 2020 cohort, we are considering the following factors: 
  1. Current ASL skill 
  2. Grades received in program prerequisite courses (when applicable)
  3. Performance on the ISU SLI online Program Applicant Assessment
  4. Cumulative GPA
  5. Recommendations from instructors of ASL classes (optional)
To apply for Fall 2020 cohort, please go to and register for an account. From the Site Home link, scroll to 2020 SLI Program Applicant Assessment and self-enroll in the course. To begin, complete a Google form, which includes uploading your unofficial transcript to the form. Then, there are five tasks to complete. Each task may be done in a different setting, but your application is not finalized until the Google form and five tasks are finished.

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