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American Sign Language


Miami-Dade College, North Campus, offers an Associate in Sciences(A.S.) with a pathway to a degree in Sign Language Interpretation. 66 credits are required. The program is designed to develop the skills necessary to interpret the communications between deaf or hard of hearing persons and hearing individuals in an accurate and effective manner. Also developed is a practical understanding of aspects of deaf studies and Deaf culture and community. Graduates should be able to interpret at a basic level, and to achieve a minimum of Level 1 on the Quality Assurance (QA) Screening of the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, which is traditionally required for employment as an interpreter in the state.

In addition the program will provide a foundation, especially with an accompanying Associate in Arts degree, for those persons who wish to pursue advanced degrees in preparation for careers in special education, vocational rehabilitation or other human service fields.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Major Semester 1
Course ID Course Title Credits Pre/Co-Requisites
ENC 1101 English Composition 1 3 Student must meet the Dev Ed requirements in State Rule 6A-10.0315 (by course, placement score, or eligible exemption).
CGS 1060 C Computer Competency    
CLP 1006 Psychology of Personal Effectiveness 3  
ASL 1140 C American Sign Language 1 4  
MGF 1107 Math for the Liberal Arts 3  

Total credits per semester: 13

Major Semester 2
Course ID Course Title Credits Pre/Co-Requisites
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (Gw) 3  
PHI 2604 Critical Thinking Ethics (Gw) 3 ENC1101
ASL 1150 C American Sign Language 2 4 ASL 1140C
ASL 2510 Deaf Culture and Community 3  

Total credits per semester: 13

Summer 1
Course ID Course Title Credits Pre/Co-Requisites
ASL 2210 Conversational Skills 3 ASL 1150 C
INT 1000 Interpreting Ethics and Professionalism 3 ASL 1150C

Total credits per semester: 6

Major Semester 3
Course ID Course Title Credits Pre/Co-Requisites
ASL 2160C American Sign Language 3 4 ASL 1150 C
ASL 2220 ASL Receptive Skills Development 3 ASL 1150 C
INT 1400 Educational Interpreting 3 INT 1000
INT 1480 Special settings and Populations 3 INT1000
ASL 2430 Manual Alphabet Skills Development 3 ASL 1140C & ASL 1150C

Total credits per semester: 16

Major Semester 4
Course ID Course Title Credits Pre/Co-Requisites
ASL 2400 Linguistics of American Sign Language 3 ASL 2160C
ASL 2200C American Sign Language 4 4 ASL 2160C
INT 1202 Sign to Voice Interpreting 3 ASL 2160C & INT 1000
INT 1240 Voice to Sign Interpreting 3 ASL 2160C & INT 1000

Total credits per semester: 16

Summer 2
Course ID Course Title Credits Pre/Co-Requisites

INT 1941*

Interpreting Internship



Total credits per semester: 5

Total credits as program credits: 66 credits.

*INT 1941, Interpreting Internship, can be offered any term if a student has completed the coursework and is ready to begin the internship.

Computer Competency

By the 16th earned college level credit (excluding ESL, ENS and college preparatory courses), a student must take the computer competency test and pass or  

By the 31st earned college level credit (excluding ESL, ENS and college preparatory courses), a student must pass CGS 1060, an equivalent continuing education or vocational credit course or retest with a passing score on the computer competency test.

The Program

The Interpretation Program begins with American Sign Language 2.  Therefore students must previously have acquired some basic skill and knowledge.  This is often obtained through high school courses, non-credit classes in the community or informal contact with deaf persons.  Students NOT having this foundation should begin with American Sign Language 1.

Students wishing to enroll in ASL 3 or a higher course will need to take and pass an evaluation to determine the best placement.  This is required of ALL students, both those already attending Miami-Dade or new students entering for the first time.

Students who have previously earned an Associate’s degree or higher will be exempt from having to complete the General Education Requirements.  Past transcripts will be reviewed to determine whether courses previously taken are equivalent to elective courses.

Both day and evening courses are available to accommodate student with various work schedules.


Campus Information
Miami Dade College North Campus
11380 NW 27 Avenue
Miami, Fl 33167
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11380 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33167 USA

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Miami, Fl 33167
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Dr. Michaela Tomova

Phone: 305-237-1305

Ellen Milmed
Assistant to the Chairperson

Phone: 305-237-1318

Feliza Gomez

Phone: 305-237-8131

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