Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Spanish/English Community Interpreting

Credits required 27

Dean

Joanne Preston

Program contact

Eduardo Soren Triff, Coordinator of Spanish/English Community Interpreting and Associate Professor of Spanish, ext. 2212

Program Goals Statement

This certificate prepares bilingual students (Spanish and English) to work as interpreters in a variety of community settings. Students develop specialized vocabulary and communication skills and learn the standards and practices of professional interpreters and translators.

Program Information

  • Interpreters are required to demonstrate written and oral fluency in both English and Spanish.
  • A passing score on the written and oral Spanish exam and in ENG 101 are prerequisites to SPA 321.
  • Students with prior experience as interpreters should consult with the program director to discuss Prior Experiential Learning (PEL) credits.
  • Students with a bachelor’s degree can prepare to take the Office of Court Interpreter Services (OCIS) certificate exam.
  • The program follows the Massachusetts Medical Interpreters Association (MMIA).

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HUM 156Fundamentals of Interpreting and Translating

3 credits

SPA 321Spanish for Interpreters

3 credits

SPA 322The Spanish Language in the World

3 credits

SPA 353Spanish/English Interpreting

3 credits

SPA 354Written and Sight Translation for English and Spanish

3 credits

SPA 390Fieldwork in Interpreting

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Choose one of the following

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

MAA 101Medical Terminology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

Or

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

Or

MAA 101Medical Terminology

3 credits

And

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HUM 156Fundamentals of Interpreting and Translating

3 credits

SPA 321Spanish for Interpreters

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

SPA 322The Spanish Language in the World

3 credits

SPA 353Spanish/English Interpreting

3 credits

SPA 354Written and Sight Translation for English and Spanish

3 credits

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

SPA 390Fieldwork in Interpreting

3 credits

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