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The Preparation of Educational Interpreters

Ann R. Powers, Southwest Missouri State University & Raymond Elliott, The University of Alabama

The results of evaluation data collected from participants in an 18 credit hour educational interpreter preparation program were presented and discussed with regard to the development of preparation programs for educational interpreters. The evaluation data was obtained from participants in a federally funded project which prepared three groups of interpreters over a three year period in the State of Alabama.

The project involved a consortium of three universities (The University of Alabama, Troy State University, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham). It was designed to meet the need for educational interpreters throughout the state of Alabama. The participants were either currently working as educational interpreters and needed additional preparation or were interested in becoming educational interpreters. The 18 hour sequence involved both course work and practicum experiences in educational settings. The course work involved ethical and legal issues pertaining to educational interpreting, American Sign Language, Sign to Voice Interpreting, CUED Speech Transliterating, and background information in the education of individuals with hearing loss. Data were obtained from course evaluations and summative evaluations upon completion of the program, as well as from the teachers and supervisory personnel who worked with interpreters who had completed the program.