Requirements for Educational Interpreters


The requirements for an educational interpreter, as set forth in the Educational Interpreter for the Deaf Act (70 O.S. § 13 - 115.3) and the State Board of Education rules (OAC 210:15 - 13-4), are summarized below:

An educational interpreter must have completed one of the following:

  1. An interpreter training program
  2. Obtained a Bachelor's degree, or
  3. Worked three or more years in an area related to the field of deaf education, which could include interpreting in non-educational settings, such as a church, etc., and

In addition to the above requirements, an educational interpreter must also maintain one of the following:

  1. Certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), or
  2. National Association for the Deaf (NAD) Level IV or better, or
  3. Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST) Level III or better, or
  4. National Council for Interpreters (NCI) Certification, or
  5. Signed Exact English Level 3.5 or better, or
  6. Educational Interpreters Proficiency Assessment (EIPA) Level 3.5 or better in the area for which they are certified (elementary or secondary)

When making application to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Special Education Services, please include all relevant documentation supporting how you have met each of the requirements listed above, as set forth by this legislation. All applications should be submitted electronically (with attachments of required evidence) to Angela.Kwok@sde.ok.gov. Questions? 405-522-5036.

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Last updated on January 25, 2019