In collaboration with the University of Georgia, we are excited to offer two online professional development opportunities for bilingual community members interested in becoming Professional Interpreters in the Educational Setting:


The Professional Interpreter in Education Certificate Course

 When:  January 13, 2020 to March 2, 2020

Format: Online, 30 hrs / 3.0 CEUs 

This foundation course is a highly acclaimed, online instructor-led class.  The one-of-a-kind course allows you to interact with peers from all over the United States (and now, all over the world!), increase your professional knowledge of educational terminology in your target and source languages, enhance your career path, and better serve English Learner students and their families in your school community. Each Wednesday evening, learners participate in an interactive, online session with the program’s instructor and classmates across the nation. Between the weekly sessions, students complete reading assignments, watch videos and recorded presentations, participate in class discussions, and take quizzes – all online, and all with the aid of a knowledgeable instructor who is just a click away.


There is no textbook to buy, and students are given a downloadable digital manual that is theirs to keep. Certificates are awarded to those who meet the course prerequisites for language proficiency, complete the program, and pass a final assessment. You will learn:

  • The roles of school system personnel and the policies
  • Educational terminology
  • The difference between interpreting and translating
  • Procedures that educational interpreters must follow
  • How to apply the Interpreter’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics to real-life scenarios you may encounter
  • Roles of interpreters when working with special student populations and their families (such as preschool children, at-risk students, students with disabilities, and Special Education students)
  • Practicing consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation in the school setting

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From our students: "This course is unique and exceeded my expectations in every aspect. I absolutely recommend it."

"The opportunity to discuss and work with people from across the United States is incredible! This course is of highest value to those who are interpreting in schools. Interpreting in a school setting is vastly different than a legal, community or medical setting and is needed to ensure best practices in the school setting."

"This is the only quality course that I have found that is specific to education. It is a much needed course as are its companion courses. The instructor is amazing and it has been very insightful and given me information to better my practice."

"Professor Soler is an amazing instructor. Her knowledge in abundant and she was a great conversation/discussion facilitator. She was respectful, professional and answered all small and big questions." 


The Professional Interpreter in Special Education Certificate Course

When: April 20, 2020 to June 8, 2020

(Format: Online, 30 hours / 3.0 CEUs) 

 The Professional Interpreter in Special Education Certificate Course is an advanced-level class that prepares seasoned interpreters to navigate complex regulatory, ethical and cultural issues involved in how school systems deliver special education services. You will learn the educational interpreter’s role in discussions of psychological evaluations, eligibility, Individualized Education Plans, reevaluations, and post-high school transition plans.  Through interactive discussions with students from all over the United States, practice and vocabulary-building exercises, you will also learn:

  • Concepts, components, and terminology of special education
  • The importance of special education legislation
  • How to apply the Interpreter’s Standards of Practice to promote trust and communication among parents and schools
  • How to explain special education processes—such as eligibility, Parent Rights, and Individualized Education Plans—to parents
  • How to remain impartial and accurate when interpreting difficult concepts
  • Modes of interpretation in special education settings
  • Dealing with stress and emotions while interpreting for special education students and their families

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Interested in a classroom option?

Please contact us at and we will let you know when the next face-to-face training will take place in your area.

Check out our Glossary of Educational Terms for Interpreters and Translators with over 2,000 school, behavior, discipline, special education, and standardized testing terminology for interpreters and translators compiled in one great resource!  Available in English-Spanish;  English-Simple Chinese; English-Traditional Chinese; and English-Vietnamese.  

Visit the Glossaries & Communication Tools tab for more information.