Sign language interpreting is a highly complex and essential service that eases communication for deaf and hearing people alike. Interpreters have a variety of skills, knowledge, and experience, and are constantly learning to ensure they remain effective. Their professional development shouldn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and should keep deaf people’s experience at the forefront.
The National Deaf Center (NDC) offers a complete library of online classes for sign language interpreters to earn RID CEUs and boost their knowledge — on their own timeline, at no cost.
These self-paced online courses are designed to:
Center deaf people, their stories, and their experiences.
Increase expertise in critical areas.
Advance professional development.
Expand impact on #DeafSuccess.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Learn directly from the experiences of deaf people, with insights and strategies based on research findings and real-world examples. Courses are ideally suited for sign language interpreters and many others who work with deaf people.
Foundations of Effective Accommodations (0.2 PS CEUs): The cornerstone of serving deaf people in a variety of settings.
Test Equity (Up to 0.5 PS CEUs): Essential for access in education and government.
Attitudes and Biases as Barriers for Deaf People (0.3 PS PPO CEU): A deep dive into marginalization, identity, and privilege.
Improving Campus Access (0.4 GS CEU): The complexities of higher education and postsecondary learning.
Engaging Communities for Systems Change (0.3 GS CEU): A look at how to let deaf people lead when making decisions about the deaf community.
Common Questions about NDC Online Courses
Who creates NDC courses? The full NDC team collaborates to provide their expertise, research, and video production — under the guidance of Tia Ivanko, who heads up e-learning initiatives, and with vital input from NDC’s task forces, consultants, and external reviewers.
Does NDC provide proof of completion? Yes. When you successfully pass a course, you have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion that identifies how many CEUs were earned.
Are these courses pre-approved for BEI CEUs? No. NDC serves as a CMP Sponsor for RID and approves RID CEUs only. However, BEI certified interpreters can use the certificate of completion to retrieve credit from a BEI certification entity or licensing agency.
When will I see the CEUs on my RID transcript? CEU processing usually takes 45-60 days. NDC submits CEUs monthly to RID, then RID processes all CEUs for transcript purposes. If you do not see your CEUs on your transcript after 60 days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.