ASL Interpreting Preparation Options



American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies
AA Degree - 60 credits

The American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Associate Arts degree is designed to provide the foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in American Sign Language Interpreting or within the Deaf community. 


American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies
Certificate - 34 Credits

The American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Certificate is designed to provide the foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in American Sign Language Interpreting or within the Deaf community. This certificate is aligned to the American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Associate Arts degree.


ASL Classes

  • ASL 101 - American Sign Language
  • ASL 102 - American Sign Language II
  • ASL 201 - American Sign Language III

Career in ASL

Consider a career working with Deaf or Hard of Hearing people. 

  • Interpreter
  • Deaf Education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Audiology
  • Health Care

Degree related information

Students must demonstrate 4th semester proficiency in ASL. They must complete or be enrolled in ASL 203, ASL 110, and ITP 210 and declare intent to complete the program of study in order to apply for admission to the program. A questionnaire and preliminary assessment of sign language skills is required.


ASL Club

ASL Club meets every Wednesday 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Lone Tree Room 113

For more information on the ASL Club and other clubs, visit the Clubs and Organizations page .


ASL Tutoring

ASL Tutoring is available remotely.  Tutors will set up a Zoom appointment.  Please use the Tutor Request form to schedule your appointment.

For more information visit the  Advising page .

NOTE:  The CCC Catalog   will always have most current information about courses and programs available at Coconino Community College.


ASL Language Mentors

Alan Cartwright

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I have lived in Flagstaff since 2010. I have several Deaf members in my family. Attended schools for the Deaf.  Am wearing several hats at CCC as ASL teacher, ASL substitute teacher, ASL tutor, ASL language mentor, co-coordinators of Deaf Expo/ASL Carnival events, presenter at Comet Talks, and fundraiser for Peter Piper Pizza ASL Nights. I enjoy swimming and outdoor activities.

Daisy Cartwright

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I come from 5 generations of Deaf family members. I attended schools for the Deaf, one oralist and one total communication. My careers involve mainly counseling service for Deaf and hard of hearing students and their families; teaching sign language classes; and substitute teaching. Alan and I always have pets and at one time, we had a deaf cat. I enjoy swimming and outdoor activities.

Joan Hansen

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I grew up an oralist.  The beauty of ASL had always captivated me.  Attended public schools in Chicago, Gallaudet College for two years and Lee Jr. Community College.  

I was involved as a fundraising volunteer/coordinator for various non-profit organizations and an ASL mentor for UA.  My hobbies are as follows; reading(literature), knitting and drawing/painting.  

Mark Hansen

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Born deaf.  Have an older deaf sister.  Attended deaf schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Austin, Texas and then Gallaudet College for a year.  Highest education level is masters. Hobbies include research on history of deaf education and ASL.

Nicole Moots

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My name is Nicole Moots. I am originally from Alaska, but moved to Arizona in 2006.  I graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) with BS in Health Science.  I taught ASL for 6 years at CCC before moving to Phoenix.  Currently, I work at the Deaf school as an aide and as Deaf Mentor serving families with Deaf child age 0-5.  I am in the process of working toward my Master's in Deaf Education.  When I am not working, you would find me spending time with my 3 daughters, crafting and being outdoor.  Looking forward meeting and sharing my passion for ASL and Deaf culture with you all. 

Patty Patrovits

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My name is Patty as my family and friends call me.  I am retired since 2006 moving from Maryland to Flagstaff, AZ.  I lived in Flagstaff until 2012 moving to Tucson living with my son and wife plus 3 dogs.  I would love chatting to help you learning ASL all you could.  I look forward to meeting you soon via VP or FaceTime.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this degree for?

If you are interested in a higher education degree in areas such as education, interpreting, speech language therapy, nursing, or counseling, having a foundation in ASL will enhance the population you are prepared to serve. 

Why would I want to pursue this degree?

This associate degree includes a complete AGEC-A (Arizona General Education Curriculum) in addition to the specialization in American Sign Language and Interpreting studies.  Included in this degree are four semesters of American Sign Language, meeting the language requirement established for most degrees. 

CCC has a 2 + 2 agreement with the University of Arizona for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in interpreting. 

What are the career opportunities?

Whether you are interested in a career directly related to the Deaf Community such as Interpreter, Teacher of the Deaf, Speech Language therapist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, or an unrelated career path, this degree provides a great launching point.  With a background in ASL, you will be a more informed nurse, engineer or graphic designer, considering the needs of traditionally underserved populations, while having fluency in a second language.

 Be an American Sign Language Interpreter: Salary and Career Info

There exists a nationwide shortage of American Sign Language interpreters.  While Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may reside in rural or urban areas, qualified professionals who are fluent in ASL are not always readily available.  Deaf children may be educated in a setting where they are the only individual with a hearing loss, and it can be difficult to find a credentialed interpreter to provide educational access. 

The addition of ASL fluency allows individuals who are part of a language minority to have direct access to information, whether it is in court, at the doctor’s office, or in the classroom.

Will I be a certified interpreter when I am done?

You will possess a foundation in ASL and increased knowledge of the Deaf community.  In addition, you will have an understanding of the professional ethics of an interpreter.  You will have completed coursework focusing on text analysis, a cornerstone of interpreting work. 

In order to become a credentialed interpreter working in K-12 settings, an individual must take an assessment called Educational Interpreting Proficiency Assessment or EIPA.  The State of Arizona currently expects candidates to pass the EIPA at a 3.5 level or above.  More information can be found at the Classroom Interpreting website .

For community interpreting, be it medical, mental health, legal or other settings, individuals must possess a state license.  More information can be found at Frequently Asked Questions page from ACDHH

Where are former graduates doing now?

We are very proud of our graduates and the core skills they have developed at CCC.  Many have chosen to stay in northern Arizona and contribute to the Deaf community in a variety of roles.  Several graduates are working for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind as educational interpreters, working through the North Central Regional Cooperative in Flagstaff.  Others are pursuing their four-year degree. 

CCC has a well-developed program for students wishing to attend NAU to complete their bachelor's degree.  More information about CCC2NAU can be found on the CCC2NAU website

In addition, NAU has a variety of options under the 90/30 degree where 90 community college credits can transfer to NAU, leaving only 30 credits remaining to complete a bachelor's degree. More information on the 90/30 degree can be found on the Department of Comparative Culture Studies page .

Do I need to have prior experience with ASL?

No. Included in this degree are ASL classes beginning with the first level, ASL 101.