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Class Code: 257E
Category: Education


Interpret from verbal classroom presentations for deaf students.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the entry-level category for the deaf interpreter series. Incumbents will interpret from non-technical lectures and classroom presentations.

Typical Work

Using sign language and mouth expression interpret classroom lectures to deaf students; convey instructor’s intent as well as his spoken word; 

Use reverse interpretation, relaying questions and contributions from deaf students back to the instructor; encourage deaf students to use standard signs; 

Assist classroom instructor in meeting the needs of deaf students in the classroom; communicate assignment instructions and other information from the instructor to the deaf student; 

Provide note-taking material for the students, and assist the classroom instructor in finding hearing note-takers to take notes for the deaf students; see that the deaf students are provided the notes; 

Complete a daily interpreter’s log relating all important information about the day’s interpretive events; inform the Coordinator of Interpretive Service of individual student progress or problems; attend interpreter meetings; 

Complete daily time sheets and complete a monthly report of interpreting hours for each course worked; 

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 general education development test certificates and 6 months of experience interpreting for the deaf using sign language. Experience may be in the home, volunteer or paid. 

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 Code & Title: 2-19-76
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 4464) effective July 1, 2007