The A. Eugene & Bernice Hoeper ASL and Interpreting Program

Students will develop skills in expressive and receptive use of American Sign Language (ASL) and specific technical skills required to interpret and transliterate.

Our interpreting programs offer courses in American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpretation between ASL and English. Students will first obtain proficiency in ASL and Deaf Culture through a wide variety of learning activities to enhance practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge.

These include:
  • On-site observations
  • Service-learning
  • Attendance at Deaf-related community activities
  • Guest lectures
  • Video and audio lab assignments


Associate of Arts Associate of Applied Science Certificate

Which program is best for me?

Interpreter Preparation program available online for Spring 2022

The Interpreter Preparation Program is offering a fully-online option starting in the Spring of 2022. If you are interested in studying to become an interpreter and would like to do the entire program online, contact Dr. Rebecca Minor for more information.

Program Requirements
Students should be proficient in ASL (passed ASL 5 level) and have completed Deaf Culture, ASL Linguistics and Introduction to Interpreting. If you are missing any of these courses you may still be eligible, please contact Dr. Rebecca Minor to learn more.

Program Cost
CCBC is offering students outside of Maryland, who attend fully-online programs, a 35% tuition discount (save $130 per credit) from the normal out-of-state rate. Learn more about tuition and fees.

American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Program (A.A.)

  • Ideal for students who are not yet fluent and still learning ASL.
  • This program offers courses for basic to advanced signers.
  • Students may start in ASL 1 or may screen into a higher level of ASL if they have some prior knowledge.
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Interpreter Preparation Program (A.A.S.)

  • Ideal for students who are proficient in ASL.
  • Ideal for students who don't currently have a degree ASL.
Admission to this degree program:

Interpreter Preparation Certificate

  • Ideal for students who are proficient in ASL.
  • Ideal for students who have a Bachelor's degree.
Admission to this certificate program:

Transcript evaluation may be necessary to determine if prerequisites have been fulfilled.

Career Highlights

Graduates of the ASL and Deaf Culture A.A. may consider careers in human services with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. They will use their conversational ASL skills in a variety of work settings.

Graduates of the Interpreter Preparation degree or certificate may consider self-employment or private practice positions in the corporate and non-profit sectors or work placement through an interpreter referral agency.

Employment opportunities for interpreters span multiple settings including:
  • Educational
  • Medical
  • Mental health
  • Religious
  • Performing arts
  • Legal
  • Government