Tyler Junior College

Sign Language Interpreter Program - Become a certified profession interpreter or learn ASL to compliment your career

Sign Language Interpreting

Welcome to TJC’s Sign Language Interpreter Training Program!
Exemplary Status Awarded in 2001 & 2005

Change is in the air! The department of the Sign Language Interpreter Training Program continues to modify its curriculum to meet the demands and requirements of the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) Exams and the National Interpreter Certificate exam. As you browse our site, you will find information about our Associate of Applied Science Degree and our Certificate for Sign Language Interpreting (for those who have a degree or are pursuing another degree but want training to become a sign language interpreter.) In addition, we offer an ASL Skills Certificate for people who do not want to become an interpreter but want ASL Skills.

One thing that has not changed is the great need for certified sign language interpreters not only in Texas but throughout the United States!

Fall 2015 Changes:

  • Rhonda McKinzie's Office will be in T107 
  • Laura Hill's office will be in T105
  • Note degree plan changes 

Save the Date!


  • Nov. 14. - E. Tx. Deaf Festival in Jacksonville. Peter Cook workshop 9 to noon; booths noon til 5:00, dinner and Peter Cook entertainment afterwards. Contact rmckinzielpc@gmail.com for more info and registration form.
  • Dec. 6, 6 - 9 p.m. at Republic Ice House - Christmas songs in ASL by Apache Signers; Signing Santa; Raffle; portion of food purchase goes to a non-profit agency for the Deaf. Organized by Michael and Ina Byram.  Contact rmck@tjc.edu for more info.
  • TJC ITP Emerald Expertise: 20 Yrs. of Excellence May 12, 2016 Dinner and 20 Yr. Anniversary Celebration. Alumni & Deaf Community Invited! More info TBA


  • Feb. 20, 2016 Workshops- RSC Apache Rooms. 9-noon is Jeremy Norman speaking on Customer Service and Soft Skills;  1-4 p.m. Laura Cole will speak on Ethical Business Practices - including invoicing, taxes, etc. Ethics CEU's pending for both.  Click here for Flier and Registration.

    See our ASL Promotional Video


  • Interpreting (AAS)
  • ASL Skills (Certificate- for those not wanting to interpret)
Click Here for the Degree Plans/Certificates Easy to Read Version.



Statement of Mission and Purpose: the purpose of the Sign Language Interpreter training program of Tyler Junior College is to prepare graduates for a career as interpreters serving the Deaf in school and in the community. Graduates of this program will have had extensive training in American Sign Language, American Deaf Culture and interpreting/transliterating (Sign and Voice)

Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/SignLanguage