Help Schools Build Trust With Parents of Special Education Children

This certificate course is designed for language interpreters who participate in special education meetings in K-12 settings. In such meetings, the interpreter plays a key role for officials, teachers, and parents. The interpreter’s ability to convey information accurately and completely can influence a child’s placement, support, and eligibility for special education services.

The Professional Interpreter in Special Education certificate course prepares interpreters to navigate complex regulatory, ethical, and cultural issues involved in how school systems deliver special education services.


Format: Online

Hours: 30

Credits: 3.0 CEUs

When: Oct. 19 - Dec. 7, 2020

Cost: $699


What You Will Learn

You will learn the educational interpreter’s roles in discussions of psychological evaluations, eligibility, Individualized Education Plans, reevaluations, and post-high school transition plans.

Through interactive discussions, 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
  • How to deal with the stresses and emotions of being an interpreter

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Who Should Attend?

K-12 educational interpreters, bilingual school staff, and contract/independent interpreters who already have a strong foundation in the basics of interpretation and seek to master the art of interpreting in a special education setting.

This course is also available as a classroom contract training for your organization. You choose the dates and location. For more information, please contact Professional and Personal Development at

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, December 7, 2020
Course Date Info: 

Live online classroom sessions with the instructor will be held on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST. These sessions will be archived for later viewing if the student is unable to participate in these live meetings.

Course Format:
Online, cohort-based, with asynchronous activities and live online classes.

Course Fee(s): 

$699 - Fees will increase January 2020.

Ana Soler, BSW, MPH worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools as a Language Services Administrator for eleven years coordinating interpreter/translator services for over 130 schools and more than 25 different languages. Ana provided interpreter training and technical assistance to school and central office personnel, supporting schools with quality assurance in the area of interpretation and translation.

While working as a Multicultural Program Coordinator for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Ana also assisted with the creation of the hospital's interpretation and translation department, coordinated interpreter training for bilingual staff, cultural competency training for physicians and staff, and provided medical translation quality assurance and guidelines. Ana also developed and implemented various injury prevention and obesity prevention programs for Spanish-speaking parents and their children.

With a Master in Public Health from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta; a Bachelor of Social Work from Georgia State University, Atlanta; and an Associate in Applied Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, Ana has over sixteen years of experience as a public health coordinator, an interpreter/translator in educational and medical settings, a cultural competence trainer, and a bilingual/bicultural social worker.