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American Sign Language English Interpretation Bachelor of Arts

ASL - English interpreter student and teacher A Bachelors Degree With Two Emphasis Options

The UNC American Sign Language-English Interpretation (ASLEI) program is an accredited bachelor's degree program that prepares you to provide competent interpreting services between individuals who are deaf and use ASL as their primary means of communication and individuals who are not deaf and do not know sign language.

The ASLEI program offers two emphasis options. All students will learn a core of interpreting coursework and then take 18 credits of specialized coursework for their emphasis. You will study online with students and faculty from across the United States and the world.

Community Interpreting Emphasis

The community interpreting emphasis focuses on working in settings with primarily adult consumers. These environments include a variety of different venues within the community.

Educational Interpreting Emphasis

The educational interpreting emphasis focuses on working in school settings with students who are deaf and hard of hearing. These include academic K-12 settings as well as extracurricular activities afforded to students.

Designed to Prepare Confident Interpreters

Only Online CCIE-Accredited Program

The ASLEI program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) and it is the only distance-delivered interpreter education program in the nation to have achieved this distinction.

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.

  • ASL courses (ASL V-VIII and the ASL Self-Directed Lab) are taught by qualified Deaf instructors who use ASL as their primary language.
  • Interpreting skills courses are taught by qualified hearing instructors who are practicing interpreters.

More Resources

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

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 years (12 terms)
$400/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Off-Campus Program Coordinator:

Susan Brown


Contact with Questions:

Amy Kroll



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What Students Say

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"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

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"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

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"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