ASL-English Interpretation Bachelor's Degree Program

The RIT/NTID bachelor’s degree program provides specialized preparation for you to develop interpreting skills as well as practical experience and coursework. This rigorous program is designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation on which to develop the skills needed to pass the National Interpreter Certification exam offered through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or the Educational Interpreting Performance Assessment.

RIT/NTID interpreting students enjoy small class sizes and one-on-one discussions and advisement with knowledgeable faculty. By keeping classes small, our instructors are able to focus on you, building your strengths and developing your skills. Faculty and staff members work with you on all aspects of interpreting. As an interpreting student, you will have practicum experiences which provide the opportunity to work with a professional interpreter acting as a mentor in a college, school or in the community. These practicums give you real-world experiences as an interpreter. There is no better place to prepare for a career in sign language interpreting than the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Why should you pursue your interpreting degree at RIT/NTID?

  • More than 1,200 Deaf and hard-of-hearing students live, study and socialize on the RIT campus with nearly 17,000 hearing students, providing interpreting students like you with excellent opportunities to interact with students and enhance your language and interpreting skills as well as your experience with Deaf culture.
  • The faculty of NTID’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education are nationally respected interpreter educators. All of our American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty members who are certified by the American Sign Language Teachers Association, and all of our interpreting instructors are certified as sign language interpreters by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and are active in the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.
  • Our labs are state-of-the-art facilities with a wealth of interpreting and sign language materials.
  • Because RIT/NTID receives special federal support for students in the interpreting program, you pay less than one-half of RIT’s regular tuition rate.
  • You have access to more than 100 interpreters on campus and more than 300 off campus in the Rochester community.
  • Rochester has one of the largest concentrations of Deaf and hard-of-hearing residents in the United States. As an interpreting student at RIT/NTID, there are many opportunities for you to interact with Deaf and hard-of-hearing people, including numerous Deaf student clubs and sports, the Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf, Deaf theater and much more. Deaf culture programs also are held throughout the year on campus and at various venues in the community.
  • Rochester is home to a local chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, which offers many skill development workshops.