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Division of Special Education

American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

Admission to the American Sign Language/English Interpreting Major

When will I apply for entrance to the ASL/English Interpreting Program?

You will apply once you have completed or registered for the necessary pre-requisites:

      • ASL I-VII
      • INT 254
      • ASL VIII (will be in progress when you apply) – Winter term
      • Registered for ASL IX & INT 353 – Spring term

What are you looking for from applicants?

You can find a list of the attributes we look for in our applicants here.

How do I apply?

Pre-screening will begin February 15th, Secondary application will be requested for priority review by March 15th.
Admission to the ASL/English Interpreting Program is a 2-step process.

Step 1: Complete the ASL/English Interpreting Program pre-application screening form online.
Request Unofficial Transcripts of all previous college course work are required as part of this application.  This is separate from any official transcripts required for admissions into the University.  Official transcripts should be sent to the Admissions Office as part of your University application.

Step 2: If requested, complete the secondary application including evidence of professionalism, language samples, and names of references.
Note: Members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Admissions Deadlines

Students are encouraged to apply to Western Oregon University as soon as possible.   The University begins to accept students as early as January of each year. 

The pre-screening form for the ASL/English Interpreting Major needs to be completed by February 15th.

The secondary application, if requested, must be received by March 15 for priority review.

Admissions Philosophy

Our philosophy as faculty is to select candidates who are ready to become interpreters. Our program has high standards and includes a rigorous course of study, but we do not encourage a competitive spirit between students. We do not have a certain number of “seats” to fill in our program, we have accepted from as few as 16 to as high as 24 to join our program on a given year. The most important piece is whether the candidate is able to demonstrate that they are professionally and linguistically ready to begin the program. We strongly believe that being bilingual prior to learning to interpret is a benefit that will pay off in one’s career.


Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies

Cheryl Davis, Ph.D., Chair
Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies
davisc@wou.edu . 503-838-8053

Kathy Heide
Administrative Program Assist.
Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies
heidek@wou.edu . 503-838-8322

Regional Resource Center on Deafness

Cheryl Davis, Ph.D., Director
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
davisc@wou.edu . 503-838-8053

Konnie Sayers
Grants/Contracts Technician
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
sayersk@wou.edu . 503-838-8444

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