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Educational Interpreter Licensure Requirements

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There have been many recent changes to licensure in statute and rule.  Please review the Latest Licensing News blog for updates on current licensing requirements.

 

To issue an educational interpreter license for the first time, the department must review the applicant's application and transcripts to determine eligibility. An applicant can apply for the license in ELO at: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/educational-interpreters

The rewrite of Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 34 has been approved went into effect August 1, 2018. You can find a link to the updated rule here: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/programs/wisconsin-quality-educator-initiative

Applications to obtain an Educational Interpreter license submitted after June 30, 2019 must meet the requirements under the new PI 34.086.

 

Eligibility requirements to obtain an Educational Interpreter license under the old PI 34.34 (3)

An applicant is eligible for a regular license if all of the following course work is complete:

  • semester credits in the process of changing spoken English to ASL (voice-to-sign);
  • semester credits in the process of changing spoken English to signed English (transliterating);
  • semester credits in the process of changing signed text to spoken English (sign-to-voice).
  • Current practices for interpreters in educational settings.
  • Ethical practices as it relates to interpreters.
  • Completed a practicum of at least 150 hours in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with a licensed educational interpreter assigned as a mentor. Completion shall be verified by a representative from a higher education interpreter training program or the school district administrator where the practicum took place.

Please note, the above course work is required before someone is eligible for a regular license unless the applicant has instead completed certification from the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). If the applicant does not meet the above course work or RID requirements, an emergency permit based on a request from a school district would be the only licensure option.

 

**NEW** Requirements to obtain an Educational Interpreter License under the new PI 34.086

An educational interpreter license may be issued to an applicant who meets all of the following requirements:

  1. Hold an interpreter training program certificate from an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. The program shall include the following coursework:
    • English to American Sign Language interpretation.
    • American Sign Language to English interpretation.
    • Transliterating and oral interpreting.
    • Current practices for interpreters in educational settings.
    • Ethical practices as it relates to interpreters.
  2. Completed a practicum of at least 150 hours in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with a licensed educational interpreter assigned as a mentor. Completion shall be verified by a representative from a higher education interpreter training program or the school district administrator where the practicum took place.
  3. Has a passing score on the written and educational interpreter performance assessment (EIPA). The passing score shall be set by the state superintendent in consultation with the state superintendent’s advisory council on deaf and hard of hearing programs.

Alternative Eligibility

An educational interpreter license may also be issued to an applicant who meets components one and two below:

  1. Holds one of the following licenses or certifications:
    • A sign language interpreter 151-150 license issued by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
    • One of the following certifications from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
      • National Interpreter Certification.
      • Registry for Interpreters of the Deaf K-12.
      • Certificate of interpretation and certificate of transliteration.
      • Comprehensive skills certificate.
      • Master comprehensive skills certificate.
      • Certified deaf interpreter or deaf interpreter.
    • A basic, advanced, or master certification from the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters.
    • Certification from an organization approved by the state superintendent in consultation with the state superintendent’s advisory council on deaf and hard of hearing programs.
  2. Completed a practicum of at least 150 hours in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with a licensed educational interpreter assigned as a mentor. Completion shall be verified by a representative from a higher education interpreter training program or the school district administrator where the practicum took place.

 

An applicant can apply for the license in ELO at: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/educational-interpreters

 

For questions about this information, contact Ariana Baker

For information on renewing this license see this page:  https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/educational-interpreter/interpreter-renewal