Oakland Community College

Sign Language Interpreter Program

"Thanks to the instructors and their varied skills, this program has helped me improve my signing skills and pushed me to excel in a way I was unable to push myself. The progress I have made in a short amount of time."
Working with the Deaf Community and resource groups, Oakland Community College created the first degree Sign Language Interpreter Program in Oakland County.
In this program, leading to a Sign Language Interpreter Associate in Applied Science degree, the student will gain knowledge of the Deaf community, culture and language, with emphasis on interpretation. The program is designed to train students to be qualified sign language interpreters. Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the student to take interpreter certification exams. Satisfactory achievement on a certification exam is required by the State of Michigan Deaf Person’s Interpreter Act (1982 PA 204 Amended 2007) prior to becoming employed as an interpreter. The policies and procedures regarding progression and retention in the sign language interpreter program, certification exam information, and State of Michigan registration requirements are provided to students after enrollment in SLS 2050. In addition to tuition, students will incur additional expenses related to supplies, travel, and certification exam application.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a C+ or better in all required Sign Language Interpreting Program courses, including required supportive courses, in order to advance from course to course and ultimately obtain the Sign Language Interpreter Associate in Applied Science degree.
Students must complete ENG 1510 and ENG 1520 prior to enrollment in SLS 2050.

Program Mission

The Oakland Community College (OCC) Sign Language Interpreter Program is committed to providing students with a high quality education in interpretation between American Sign Language and English through rigorous academic courses and community service activities.  The OCC Sign Language Interpreter Program recognizes that language is a human right; that American Sign Language is a true language; and that individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind have the inalienable right to use the language of their choice.  Therefore, the foundational principles of the program include respect for individuals, intercultural competency, academic and ethical integrity, critical thinking, professional conduct, and effective communication and interpretation. 

Contact Us: (248) 942-3236 or E-mail: klflores@oaklandcc.edu