american sign language program icon

American Sign Language - English Interpretation

Associate of Applied Science

Woman practicing American Sign Language

Learn to communicate with handshapes, facial expressions, gestures and body movements

Gain real-world experience with a 150-hour internship

Want More Info?

We Are Here To Help.
* All fields are mandatory

Interpret the sounds of the world for those who are deaf or hard of hearing by learning American Sign Language-English interpretation skills.

Tidewater Community College is the only college in southeastern Virginia to offer an Associate of Applied Science in American Sign Language-English Interpretation. The six-semester program prepares you for work within K-12 schools, in the community, or for government or private agencies.

American Sign Language has been recognized as a complete, complex language for 50 years, but it is still gaining recognition and popularity in the United States and Canada. TCC’s ASL and interpretation program includes ASL I-VI, as well as foundations of interpretation, translations skills and courses in practical application to both ASL to English and English to ASL interpretation.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Diagnostic Center.

View program curriculum
What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC's Associate of Applied Science in American Sign Language-English Interpretation consists of 5 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on Chesapeake Campus. 

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
68 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,603.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Graduates are prepared for work as interpreters within K-12 schools in the community or for government or private agencies.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy foreign languages
  • would like to work within the Deaf community
drawing of a soldier saluting

Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

Learn more about the CMVE

Fanned-out money

Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

Learn more about paying for college

Learn from native signing deaf faculty in interactive classroom settings

Classes are offered on campus and online

Learn through observation and interaction with the Deaf community

Program spotlight

Communicating with gestures, visuals and handshapes


Meet Valerie Sharer Rodriguez, program head for American Sign Language (ASL) and the college’s Interpreter Training program.


William Wood teaches an ASL special effects class at TCC