American Sign Language and Interpreter Education

Faculty at Eastern Kentucky University are dedicated to training and educating students to reach their fullest potential, and the American Sign Language and Interpreting Education program embraces and reflects this University philosophy. As a nationwide leader in the American Sign Language and Interpreting Education field, EKU’s program is one of a select few in the United States that has earned the distinction of being accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpretation Education (CCIE) to offer a four-year Bachelor of Science degree.

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►Important Facts about the Program
  • Students who enter the program are committed and focused---95% of students who are accepted remain in the program.
  • There is a strong market for EKU graduates---95% of students (including those who are willing to relocate) are placed in jobs within six months of graduation.
  • The faculty and staff who work directly with students are 50% deaf and 50% hearing---a balance which demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity while providing students with an excellent culture and language experience.
►Dedicated Faculty Who Believe in Regional Stewardship
  • EKU's American Sign Language and interpreter education program is only the sixth bachelor level interpreter training program in the country to earn Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) accreditation.
  • EKU faculty provided more than 25 workshops for 1,000+ participants throughout Kentucky during the past year.
  • EKU’s exceptional faculty members are involved in service and research, often presenting at local, regional and national conferences.
  • Two presented in Australia during August 2011.
  • One taught ASL in France during the summer of 2011.
  • Several have worked closely with students in the EKU Honors Program.
►Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students
  • The sign language lab provides a unique blend of signing experience and the use of technology to enhance student learning. Three deaf native signers work full time in the lab.
  • Students register for a 12 credit hour internship during their last semester of classes. Interns have been placed throughout the United States in unique and challenging settings---from the federal government in Washington, D.C., to working with the Deaf-Blind in Seattle, Wash.
  • In the new Deaf Studies Bachelor's Degree, a senior thesis opportunity for collaborative faculty/student research is under development.
  • Members of the ASLIE faculty are currently exploring options for study abroad opportunities.

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