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Class Code: 257G
Category: Education


Interpret instructional presentations in classroom setting for deaf students; tutor deaf students on classroom subjects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the senior-level deaf interpreter/tutor class. Incumbents interpret for deaf students from the most difficult college-level technical lectures and classroom discussions. They provide tutoring in selected subjects.

Typical Work

Interpret from classroom lectures and discussions, technical material for deaf students, using sign and mouth communication simultaneously; 

Interpret from deaf students’ contributions, reports, or discussions to the instructor and to the class; interpret deaf students questions directed to the instructor; 

Assist the instructor in providing the best physical layout for the deaf students, to include lighting, seating arrangement, and access to visual aids; 

Assist the instructor in adapting a class, with regular students, to the deaf students who are participating; 

Provide tutoring for selected students under the direction of the classroom instructor; provide interpretation and explanation for classroom and subject matter terminology; 

Assist the classroom instructor in locating and assigning note-takers among the hearing students, provide note-taking materials to the note takers, assure that each deaf student receives a copy of the notes; 

Inform the Coordinator of Interpreters of special problems of deaf students and report on their progress or lack of progress; use the interpreters log to record change in status; 

Keep record of classes for which interpretation was done on a daily basis and provide monthly summary of the hours spent with each class; keep daily time sheets; 

Periodically attend meetings on interpreting techniques and methods; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of college-level course work; PLUS two years of experience in interpreting for the deaf of which one year must have been in a classroom setting; 


Comprehensive Skills Certification through evaluation by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Additional experience in interpretation for the deaf may be substituted for college course work on a year-for-year basis. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. 

Examination Requirements: 

  • A job element examination (including written, E & T and oral components) scored on the basis of job related experience, training, skill, ability, and other elements which are established through job analysis.

Class Specification History

New Class: 5-17-73
Revise Title & Class: 2-19-76
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 4466) effective July 1, 2007