Classroom Interpreting

Administrators - Qualifications of Educational Interpreters

Interpreters require a great deal of training in order to meet minimum standards. Unfortunately, educational interpreting is an emerging profession and educators are only now beginning to understand the range of skills that are necessary to do the job well.

Minimum qualifications of an educational interpreter should include:

Research shows that even graduates of two-year Interpreter Training Programs may not achieve an EIPA score of 3.5, a common standard in many states.

Unqualified interpreters cannot provide access to free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Research shows that interpreters who fall below minimum standards omit and distort a significant amount of teacher and peer communication. When an interpreter is not highly qualified, a deaf or hard of hearing student misses vital classroom communication and does not receive adequate access to the general education curriculum.