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Help schools build trust and communications 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.


Format: Online

Hours: 30 Hours / 3.0 CEUs

When: Oct. 21 - Dec. 9, 2019

Cost: $699

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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. 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

Click on the Downloadable Content links for more information about course content and frequently asked questions.

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.

Course Information

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Course Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2019 to Monday, December 9, 2019
Course Date Info: 

Live online classroom sessions with the instructor will be held on Tuesday 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.

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Continuing Education Information: 

Successful graduates will earn:

  • A Certificate of Program Completion from the University of Georgia
  • 3.0 CEUs for 30 contact hours

Definition of CEUs.