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U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Application Deadline

ASLEI applications (both the UNC and department portions) are due by April 15 each year.

Demonstration of Competency Screenings are offered in February, April and June.

Application Process

The American Sign Language English Interpretation BA program is offered by the UNC Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies (ASLIS; formerly known as the DOIT Center) through Extended Campus. Students will be admitted via a competitive admission process and class size is limited.

  1. Be a UNC Student!
    1. If you have not already been admitted to UNC and taken courses, complete an online UNC application using the correct button below. The UNC admission process may take up to six weeks.
      • Choose the correct emphasis as your academic program of interest on the application.
        - Either American Sign Language: English Interpretation: Community Interpretation (Seeking BA) (Online)
        - Or American Sign Language: English Interpretation: Educational Interpretation (Seeking BA) (Online)
      • The application fee process will appear once you complete all application questions and submit the application.
      • Make sure to have sealed official transcripts sent to UNC for all previously earned credit. UNC admissions will use your submitted transcripts to determine credit towards overall degree completion.
    2. If you are already an admitted UNC student who has taken courses and would like to switch to the ASL English Interpretation program, email Kate Beilmann at kate.beilmann@unco.edu with your name, bear number, and interest in the program.
  2. Complete and return the ASLEI application:
    Once you are a UNC student indicating your interest in the ASL English Interpretation program, the ASLEI program will email you the ASLEI application.
  3. Completion of the Demonstration of Competency screening
  4. More About the ASL Proficiency Screening

    The ASL Proficiency Screening is an online assessment determining your knowledge of ASL linguistics and culture; ASL expression; and ASL comprehension.

    • The program will assign you to the next Demonstration of Competency screening and email you information on how to register. If you are unable to complete the screening as assigned, you may move to a later screening as space becomes available.
    • The screening costs $150 and is offered multiple times per year. Your UNC student account will be charged once you have registered.
    • If you hold interpreting credentials (RID, ED:K-12, or 4.0+ on the EIPA performance and passed the EIPA written), the Demonstration of Competency screening will be waived as your credentials demonstrate your language competency.
    • After the screening, once your readiness for and placement in the program has been determined (may take up to six weeks), the ASLEI program will email you. If accepted into the program, an advising session will be set to discuss your placement and next steps.

International Applicants

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Official Transcripts of all institutions attended after high school
  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – TOEFL IBT: 70; IELTS: 6.0; PTE: 50, or petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio/photo page * 
  • Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email international@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 years (12 terms)
$405/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Administrative Coordinator:

Kate Beilmann



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What Students Say

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"The ASLEI program is top notch and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it! The instructors are AMAZING and the amount of time they invest in each student by providing detailed feedback, support and encouragement is a true gift. This program has challenged me to strive to be the best interpreter that I can be for those that I have the privilege to work with."

– Sharnett Thomas Barker, ASLEI online program student

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"As a working educational interpreter, this program was the best fit for me professionally! The content discussed in each class applied to my work and the professors were phenomenal. They challenged me to set high standards for myself and encouraged me along the way. If anyone is considering this bachelors program – go ahead and take the plunge, you will not be disappointed!"

– Jenna Thornwall, 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 program graduate

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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