American Sign Language students communicating using web cameras

American Sign Language Interpreting and Deaf Education


The American Sign Language Interpreting program was developed at VSU in 2002.  Students enrolled in the program are prepared to interpret in a variety of settings. Prior to graduation, students take courses in linguistics, translations, cultural aspects of Deafness, and topics relating in interpreting. Students are also placed in field experiences and complete a practicum as well as an internship. Students are required to take the SLPI, NIC written test and schedule either a QA, the EIPA or one of the performance tests offered by the NIC.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or of a high school that has been approved by the University and must have completed the minimum requirements of the State Dept. of Education for graduation and must complete the required College Preparatory Curriculum. The University System of GA requires that high school graduates complete the College Preparatory Curriculum course work for entrance. In addition, the College Entrance Examination Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the Assessments Battery of the American College Test Program (ACT) is required of all applicants seeking admission from high school. Applicants must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission.

Submit an Application to the VSU Admissions Office located on the Admissions website,along with a $40.00 Application Fee and any other necessary papers required. Please Note:  Applications without fees will not be processed.

Upon receipt of all required documents, the student is most often notified of an admissions decision within 7-10 business days.

Technology Requirements for Distance Learning Students

Course work in the interpreting program at VSU is offered through skills and lecture courses.  While some courses are designed as web based classes (using WebCT) others are available using Video Conferencing technology.

Access to courses via Distance Learning is limited to 5-6 students per semester.  Students wishing to attend at a distance must obtain permission from the faculty.

Those students approved for distance learning must have or meet the minimum requirements for technology listed below:

  • High Speed Internet such as Broadband or DSL -  Usually obtaining the fastest possible from their provider
  • Relatively modern PC with Windows XP
    • Minimum 2 GHz Processor
    • Minimum 512 MB Ram (memory)
    • Minimum 250 MB fee hard drive space
    • 1 free USB Port
    • Ethernet Adapter
    • Sound Card


  • Logitech Quickcam Pro 5000 web camera (recommended)
  • Polycom PVX Software (provided by VSU)

For additional information regarding ASL/Interpreting, please contact Christia Williams

Dept of Middle, Secondary Reading, & Deaf Ed
Valdsota State University
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA, 31698
Phone:  229-249-4957
VP:  229-375-5951

For additional information regarding Deaf Education, please contact Nanci Scheetz

Dept of Middle, Secondary Reading, & Deaf Ed
Valdsota State University
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA, 31698
Phone:  229-219-1322  

VP: 229-375-5954