Data compiled for this research will be used as a pilot study to support further research needed to consider an interpreter education program in West River region of South Dakota. Surveys were distributed to businesses, individuals in the Deaf community, and interpreters who are registered in the state of South Dakota. Face-to-face interviews were scheduled with two owners of two interpreting agencies that schedule interpreter requests throughout South Dakota. Data collection hinted at the need for qualified interpreters in the state, with a more enhanced focus on the western region of the state. Survey results suggest that interpreters are needed; however, flaws occurred during the study, creating recommendations for further research to offer clarity and more detailed conclusions. The participants who responded to the interpreter surveys offered information on their educational backgrounds and ideas on what they wish had been part of their own interpreter education training. Interviews supported information gathered in surveys, offering their perspectives on the need for interpreters. With research compiled and data analyzed, data suggests a possible need for interpreters, a suggestion for further studies to develop a fuller understanding of the concept of a qualified interpreter, and how their quality is measured is applied in the recommendations. In addition, future studies are suggested that may lead to a more comprehensive proposal for an interpreter education program in the West River region of South Dakota.

Exit Requirement

Professional Project

Date of Award

Summer 6-16-2018

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies



Committee Chair

Amanda R. Smith

Committee Member

Erine Trine

Committee Member

Marlee Dyce


South Dakota, needs assessment, rural, needs vs quality, certification readiness



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Adult and Continuing Education | Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Community College Leadership | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education and Teaching | Online and Distance Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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