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Associate in Applied Science

Foreign Language Interpreting - FAQs

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Maple Woods

Program Coordinator:
Chad Montuori, 816.604.3394

How long does it take to get this certificate?

The certificate program is 15 credit hours and can be completed in one year. Two classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as an internship in the summer. (Classes meet for eight weeks two evenings a week for approximately 3 hours.) The internship is under the supervision of a professional interpreter who will aid the student in using the skills and apply the knowledge gained from previous semesters.

How much money can I make?

Interpreters are in demand in a variety of medical, legal, social service and educational settings. They can work on a freelance basis or with an agency, and the rates of pay vary. An entry level interpreter can expect to earn $15-$25 per hour. An average yearly salary would be $18,000-$30,000.

How is the Program Structured?

The MCC-Maple Woods program accommodates a multitude of languages by spending some class time on theoretical and practical topics that are relevant to all interpreting students. English is the language spoken in class during this part of class time. For the remainder of the class, students are broken up into groups based on language pairs to practice skills to increase their proficiency as interpreters. Class size is limited to 28 students.

Is this the same as state or federal certification?

No. This certificate attests to completion of a course of study. Certification is done by professional organizations or government agencies. Advancement in the field may require further academic training or certification.

How much does the program cost?

Please click on the following link to see current MCC costs: Tuition and Fees.

Financial Aid
Please contact the financial aid office at 816-437-1000 to inquire about financial aid opportunities for this program.

Any other questions?

Contact Chad Montuori - 816.604.3394

Last Modified: 10/24/19