The UNC American Sign Language-English Interpretation (ASLEI) program is an accredited, 11—semester, baccalaureate degree program that prepares you to provide competent interpreting services for individuals who are deaf and use ASL as their primary means of communication and for individuals who are not deaf and do not know sign language.
In order to be accepted into this program, you must display proficiency in ASL I-IV.
The ASLEI program addresses 34 competencies distributed over five domains necessary to become a competent and autonomous practitioner. The ASLEI program is based on the newest research available with input from multiple, expert sources. The degree has been designed for the purpose of preparing confident interpreter candidates who can achieve national certification and enter the profession as a competent practitioner.
We also encourage you to visit the ASLEI-BA page on the Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies (ASLIS; formerly known as the DOIT Center) website
"The ASLEI is a distance program allowing me to earn my degree from the comfort of my home, while also providing me with the highest quality instructors of interpreting in the nation."
– Emily Girardin, ASLEI online program graduate
"I grew up interpreting within my family. When I decided to become an interpreter, I felt that I should understand the theory, the culture and the language, so that I would be able to grow in my career and not plateau."
– Janina Witteborg, ASLEI online student
"I had a good support system with my peers, and the educators are well known through the interpreting community, so their reputation preceded them. They all have published work and I was able to really connect with several of them."
– Tiffany Harding, ASLEI online program graduate