Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2017

Exit Requirement


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Dr. Elisa Maroney

Committee Member

Dr. Marie LeJeune


In this thesis, the history of interpreter education pertaining to the education and training of Deaf Interpreters will be reviewed and summarized. While some research and examination of current training programs and curriculum for hearing interpreting students exists, there is little or no research on the educational or training needs of and opportunities for the deaf students who enroll in a college offering a Bachelor’s degree in interpretation and major in interpreting studies. The goal of this research is to gather information about existing colleges that offer a degree in interpreting studies by examining the course offerings required to graduate with a degree in interpreting.

For this study, the information was gathered from colleges identified as offering an undergraduate degree in Interpreting Studies and also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE), an accreditation board for interpreter education programs that certifies programs meeting the educational standard requirements for interpreting studies degrees. In addition, Gallaudet University and California State University, Northridge, two universities with long histories of serving individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing, were added to the research pool. The charts and diagrams in this study provide a snapshot of current options for deaf students interested in earning a degree in interpreting studies. The conclusions and results from examining the data and course offerings show that there are many more possible research avenues, including the need for additional research on curriculum design and development and research on the educational needs of interpreting students, especially deaf interpreting students’ needs.