Certificate in Deaf Interpreting (Non-Credit)

Program Introduction and Overview

RIT/NTID is pleased to announce a non-credit Certificate in Deaf Interpreting (CIDI) program for 2022-2023. The program is delivered using an online blended format with two-thirds of instruction occurring synchronously in Zoom and one-third completed asynchronously online. The 20-week CIDI program runs from September 2022 to April 2023 and trains Deaf professionals to interpret a variety of discourses in educational, international, legal, medical, mental health, business, and government settings. The CIDI program helps prepare participants for the Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation’s Deaf Interpreter Written and Performance exams.

The online application deadline is March 15, 2022. Applicants will receive an email by April 30, 2022, with a decision on their application status.

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ASLIE is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. The Certificate in Deaf Interpreting is a Professional Studies (PS) program offering up to 12.0 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.​ (The certificate program also includes instructional material which counts toward RID CMP’s Power, Privilege, and Oppression requirement.)

After completing this program, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of foundations for effective English-to-ASL and ASL-to-English translations
  2. Explain the roles and functions of a deaf interpreter
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret in different discourses (e.g., medical, mental health, legal, business, government, education, and press conferences)
  4. Demonstrate the use of interlingual and intralingual linguistic features (e.g., depiction, constructed action, use of visual-spatial congruence, register, non-manual signals [including mouth morphemes and affect markers]) and extralinguistic knowledge in deaf interpretation
  5. Apply knowledge of Deaf, Deafblind, and other cultures to deaf interpretation and mediation
  6. Simulate a deaf interpretation team with a hearing interpreter
  7. Apply professional and ethical behavior in alignment with the National Association of the Deaf-Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct
  8. Demonstrate the ability to interpret using International Sign

The following criteria will be used to select applicants to participate in this program:

  • Applicants must be Deaf or hard of hearing (submit a copy of audiogram)
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Applicants who are in their final semester also may be considered. (submit college transcripts)
  • Applicants must have an ASLPI score of 4+ or an SLPI: ASL rating of Advanced Plus or higher (submit documentation of score/rating). If your SLPI: ASL is scheduled after March 15, please send us a copy of your scheduled interview date.

    For information on how to take these assessments, refer to the following links:
  • Applicants must commit to completing the entire program. (No refunds will be given.)

This 20-week program comprises approximately 120 hours of synchronous and blended online instruction (2/3 in Zoom; 1/3 online).

The program will run from September 2022 to April 2023.

Participants will have opportunities to practice interpreting for Deaf, Deafblind, and hearing consumers in a variety of settings: medical, mental health, legal, business, government, education, and press conferences.

Upon completion, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in the Certificate in Deaf Interpreting program from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The cost for the Certificate program is $1,600.

You will need a high-speed internet connection, and a webcam. You will also need to use Zoom videoconferencing and GoReact software.

Curriculum

  • Module 1: Propaedeutic/Introduction Module (1 week)
  • Module 2: Interpreting Theory (1 week)
  • Module 3: Classifiers/Depiction/Non-Manual Markers (2 weeks)
  • Module 4: Sight Interpreting, Consecutive Interpreting, and Simultaneous Interpreting (2 weeks)
  • Module 5: Team, Deafblind, and Pro-Tactile Interpreting (2 weeks)
  • Module 6: Ethics and Professional Conduct (2 weeks)
  • Module 7: International Sign and Interpreting in International Settings (2 weeks)
  • Module 8: English-to-ASL and ASL-to-English Translation (2 weeks)
  • Module 9: Interpretation in Different Discourses (4 weeks)
  • Module 10: Internship: Observation and Practice Interpreting (2 weeks)

Apply Online

You may use the online form to apply for acceptance into the NTID Certificate in Deaf Interpreting program.

Program Payment

If you have been accepted into the NTID Certificate in Deaf Interpreting program, you may pay your tuition online by credit card.

The full cost for the Certificate Program is $1,600.

You may pay for the Certificate program in full ($1,600), or pay in two installments of $800. The due dates for payments are:

  • September 1, 2022 - first installment or full tuition
  • February 1, 2023 - second installment

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Program Personnel

Alisha Bronk, M.A.

Alisha Bronk has worked as a Deaf interpreter for more than 29 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1990 from Gallaudet University and a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Portland State University in 2009. Alisha has taught Deaf Interpreting courses at Gallaudet University and offered numerous workshops through NTID and Interpretek.

Alisha serves as a full-time faculty member at RIT/NTID in the department of ASL and Interpreting Education. She teaches American Sign Language and interpreting courses in the bachelor’s degree program as well as courses in the CIDI program.

Contact Us

Alisha Bronk, CIDI Program Director
ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
aabnss@rit.edu