Interpreter Education Programs

Link to IEPs Recognized by AVLIC

Choosing an Interpreter Education Program

AVLIC Recommendations

When deciding which Interpreter Education Program (IEP) to apply for, consider the following factors. AVLIC recommends that the program have:

  • a strong commitment and level of involvement from the local Deaf community (i.e., is the Deaf community represented in program advisory committees, are a variety of community members invited to be language models in the classroom, and does the Deaf community work with students during practicum)
  • trained and qualified instructors, Deaf and hearing (i.e., bachelors degree, preferably in related disciplines such as Education, Linguistics, ASL, etc.)
  • instructors who are Active members of AVLIC, as well as, members in other related organizations such as CIT, RID, CAD, CCSD, etc., and who attend the conferences and gatherings of these associations
  • hearing staff who are interpreters who have successfully completed the American Sign Language / English Certificate of Interpretation (COI) conferred by AVLIC
  • a strong curriculum, fully-developed and in place, ready to apply; (including very clear and measurable entrance and exit criteria); curriculum based on current trends, teaching and research in the field of interpreting
  • a large community of working interpreters to assist in training and to act as supervisors for students during practicum placements
  • a community able to provide a variety of employment settings for field placement
  • adequate resources, including comprehensive text & video materials, audio & video equipment, as well as, other academic and support services for students

When deciding on applying to a program, the above points reflect just a few areas you may wish to inquire about. Be sure to investigate thoroughly the choices available to determine which program will best meet your needs and aspirations.

Interpreter Education Programs Currently Offered in Canada

British Columbia

Diploma in Sign Language Interpretation

Douglas College

www.douglascollege.ca/programs-courses/faculties/child-family-community-studies/sign-language-interpretation

David Lam (Coquitlam) Campus

1250 Pinetree Way

Coquitlam, BC  V3B 7X3

Coordinator: Cheryl Palmer

Phone: (604) 527-5131

palmerc@douglascollege.ca

Alberta

Diploma in Sign Language Interpretation

Lakeland College

http://www.lakelandcollege.ca/academics/human-services/programs-and-courses/sign-language-interpretation/

Vermillion Campus

5707 College Drive

Vermilion, AB T9X 1K5

Program offered in Edmonton, at the Alberta School for the Deaf

6240-113 Street NW

Edmonton, AB  T6H 3L2

Facilitator: Jody Morrison

Phone (780) 691-1711

jody.morrison@lakelandcollege.ca

Manitoba

Bachelor of Arts in ASL-English Interpretation (Joint 3-year degree program offered by RRC and U of M)

Red River College

http://me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/ProgramInfo.aspx?ProgCode=DEASF-CT&DescriptionType=19&RegionCode=WPG

Notre Dame Campus

2055 Notre Dame Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0J9

Coordinator: Rick Zimmer

TTY (204) 632-2910

Phone (204) 632-2196

rzimmer@rrc.mb.ca

University of Manitoba

http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/linguistics/programs/undergraduate/AEIP.html

Department of Linguistics

534 Fletcher Argue Building,

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Coordinator: Terry Janzen

Phone (204) 474-9596

Fax (204) 474-7671

janzent@cc.umanitoba.ca

Ontario

Diploma in ASL-English Interpretation

George Brown College

http://www.georgebrown.ca/Marketing/FTCal/comsrv/C110.aspx

St. James Campus

200 King Street East, PO Box 1015 Station B

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2T9

Coordinator: Phyllis Beaton-Vazquez

TTY (416) 415-2577

pbeaton@georgebrown.ca

Québec

Diploma: Certificat en interprétation visuelle  (French-LSQ)

Université du Québec à Montréal

http://www.etudier.uqam.ca/programme?code=4393#Presentation

Département de linguistique

C.P. 8888, Succursale Centre Ville,

Montréal, Québec  H3C 3P8

Coordonator : Anne-Marie Parisot

Phone (514) 987-6660

Parisot.anne-marie@uqam.ca

Nova Scotia

Diploma in ASL-English Interpretation

Nova Scotia Community College

http://www.nscc.ca/Learning_Programs/Programs/PlanDescr.aspx?prg=ASLA&pln=AMSIGNLANG

Waterfront Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 0A5

Coordinator: Denise Smith (on sabbatical)  Contact Jana Delaney instead at Jana.Delaney@nscc.ca

Voice (902) 491-1082

Fax (902) 491-1623


Additional Interpreter Education Programs Recognized by AVLIC

AVLIC membership criteria for ASL-English and LSQ-French Active membership requires the applicant to be a graduate of an AVLIC-recognized IEP. The list above represents current IEPs within Canada, all of which are recognized by AVLIC for the purposes of membership approval. The list of IEPs below consists of the programs shown above as well as other IEPs recognized by AVLIC as valid for the membership criterion for new Active ASL-English members**

The reason for two lists is because the list above is current Canadian IEPs and the list below, which duplicates the list above as well as including additional IEPs, represents all of the programs that AVLIC recognizes for the purpose of membership approval. The programs shown below are either former Canadian programs that are no longer offered (but were recognized as meeting the membership criteria when they were offered) or they have been through the AVLIC International IEP Review Process and deemed equitable to the currently recognized programs. 

  • Academy Canada
  • Atlantic Centre for Disabled Students (Saint Mary's University)
  • Cambrian College/College Boreal
  • Columbus State Community College - Associate Degree
  • Douglas College**
  • George Brown College**
  • Grant McEwan Community College
  • Lakeland College**
  • Madonna University
  • Nova Scotia Community College**
  • Red River Community College
  • Red River College/University of Manitoba**
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Seattle Central Community College
  • Sheridan College
  • Spartanburg Community College
  • St. Clair College
  • University of Arizona (BA of Science in Education)
  • University of Hawai'i - Kaoi'olani Community College
  • Université du Québec a Montréal (UQAM) - Certificat en interprétation visuelle (for Active LSQ-French membership)
  • Vancouver Community College Para-Professional Program
  • William Woods University

If you are interested in becoming a new Active ASL-English member, you must be a graduate of one of the programs listed above.  

Applications for WAVLI Membership

**For interpreters applying to become a member of AVLIC and the Affiliate Chapter WAVLI (BC), those applicants must be a graduate of an interpreter education program recognized by WAVLI (refer to WAVLI Bylaws - Section 3.2.4: Membership for a complete listing).  Applications for WAVLI membership from a graduate of a program not listed within WAVLI's Bylaws, even if it is on the AVLIC recognized Interpreter Education Program list (above), must have their IEP approved by the WAVLI Board of Directors prior to membership approval.  Please refer all inquiries to WAVLI.

Graduates of an IEP Not Listed Above

If you are a graduate of an IEP which is not listed above (an IEP in the USA, for example), please contact AVLIC with the details of the program from which you graduated BEFORE completing an application.  AVLIC's International IEP Review taskforce will conduct a review of the program to determine if its learning outcomes are comparable to the standards of the currently recognized programs listed above.  If it is deemed equitable, it will be added to the list above and your application can be processed. 

The criteria the International IEP Review taskforce will be looking at are:

  • Program length
  • Faculty qualifications
  • Accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education
  • Course content
  • Entrance pre-requisites
  • Delivery mode
  • Instruction
  • Relationship with the Deaf community

Applicants Who Are Not a Graduate of an IEP

If you are not a graduate of an IEP, at this time, AVLIC is unable to process your application. Please check the AVLIC FAQ page (specifically How do I become a member of AVLIC?) as updates on the process will be noted there.