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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)
    • CSD 2258 Language Acquisition in ASL
The early admission deadline is February 17. For regular admission, completed applications received by March 10th 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 the incoming 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 (assessment guidelines
  4. Cumulative GPA
  5. Recommendations from instructors of ASL classes (optional)

Information for the Fall 2024 Cohort

For the cohort, we are not charging a program application fee and are waiving our traditional requirement for an external ASL evaluation, saving applicants $140. Courses are taught at the Meridian campus. An on-site orientation is planned for all students to meet in Meridian, during August; final program internship locations will be discussed with the internship coordinator. 

To apply for the next cohort, please go to SLI Applicant Assessment and register for an account.

After registering, you can click to the 2024 SLI Applicant Assessment or scroll to it under the Miscellaneous classes section:

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.

                                                            Two students are seen interpreting

To review what is expected for the assessment tasks, please refer to the guidelines document.

For additional information, please contact any of the following:


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