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. Educational Interpreters Proficiency Assessment (EIPA) Level 3.5 or better in the area for which they are certified (elementary or secondary), or
  5. Educational Signs Skills Evaluation (ESSE) Level 3.5 or better

Interpreters may register as an educational interpreter at Please contact Traci Prince at (580)622-4930, (405)620-0946, or

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Last updated on November 24, 2020