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Class Code: 257F
Category: Education


Interpret from lectures and verbal discussions for deaf students; tutor deaf students in selected subject matter areas.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is distinguished from Deaf Interpreter I by the requirement to interpret more difficult and semi-technical lectures and classroom presentations. Incumbents will tutor students on an intermittent basis as required in particular courses.

Typical Work

Transmit, through sign language and mouth expression, semi-technical classroom and course work presentations; communicate to the student simultaneously what the instructor has said; transmit back to the instructor by interpretation from the students relaying responses to questions and asking questions; 

Tutor students under the direction of classroom instructors; by sign language, answer their questions or assist them in course material that they are having difficulty with; provide guidance and direction on study methods; 

Arrange for note-taking for deaf students; supply special note books and any other equipment needed; 

Assist the instructor in providing for the deaf students the best possible environment to facilitate their learning; 

Complete daily and monthly reports on classes for which interpreted; complete reports on individual student's progress; 

Attend meetings and workshops in interpretation techniques and tutoring; 

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

High school graduation or completion of general education development test; PLUS 13 months of experience interpreting for the deaf of which six months must have been in a classroom setting;


Expressive Interpreting and/or Expressive Translating Certification through evaluation by Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. 

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 4465) effective July 1, 2007