Two’s Company:

Two-year Programs, Four-year Programs, and Two Plus Two Agreements in Interpreter Education


Pamela Bernkrant

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Western Oregon University

December 2022

American Signed Language (ASL) interpreting has been in constant flux as accessibility laws were created and certification requirements changed. Interpreter Education Programs (IEPs) have had to adapt to fulfill credentialing and legal requirements. The result is a mixture of IEP configurations. There are two-year and four-year programs, along with two plus two agreements that aim to preserve existing two-year programs while allowing for a continuation of schooling toward a bachelor’s degree. Most interpreter educators agree that language acquisition and interpreter training are being rushed in rigid academic timeframes. This case study intends to analyze three different program configurations from two local IEPs in Jacksonville, Florida: a two-year program, a four-year program, and a two plus two agreement between schools. Surveys were collected and analyzed to identify the efficacy of each IEP configuration. Efficacy was defined by interpreters’ credentialing, the rate of interpreter retention, and the interpreters’ attitudes toward lifelong learning.

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Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Suzanne Ehrlich

Committee Member

Windell Wink Smith Jr


ASL Interpreter Education, Interpreter Education Program, Interpreter Program Configuration, two-year program, four-year program, two plus two agreement



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Subject Categories

Language Interpretation and Translation

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