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Idaho State University

Sign Language Interpreting Application Information

To apply:

Applicants must have completed three semesters of ASL or the equivalent to apply 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 1126 Deaf Studies
    • 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)


Applicants are required to submit results from an external interactive interview of their sign language skills. Any fees assessed for this interview are paid directly to the external evaluation entity.

To begin the application process, please fill out the following form:


send an email expressing your interest, including your unofficial transcript to any of the following:

Our online assessment is typically available starting January 15th. Completed applications received by April 1st are given priority consideration. We have informed some applicants by mid-March for early admission. We accept one cohort per academic year to begin classes in the fall. Each cohort is between 12-15 students.

 Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. We consider the following factors: 

  1. Score on standardized ASL assessment
  2. Current ASL skill as determined by either/both:
    • Grades received in ASL I-IV
    • Interview results for those who have grown up using ASL as a primary language
  3. Grades received in program prerequisite courses (when applicable)
  4. Performance on the ISU SLI online Program Applicant Assessment
  5. Cumulative GPA
  6. Recommendations from instructors of ASL classes

 For additional information, please contact any of the following:

Contact Sign Languages Studies and Interpreting

Program Information and Admissions,

LaVona Andrew, Program Director, Sign Language Interpreting/Sign Language Studies,

(208) 373-1908 Admin.

(208) 373-1811

Meridian Health Science Center

1311 E. Central Drive

Meridian, ID 83642