120 Credit Hours


The deaf studies program provides high quality instruction and training in practical and theoretical issues, skills, knowledge, and professionalism pertaining to the provision of interpreting services to the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and hearing consumers in a variety of settings so students may effectively work in the deaf community as professional interpreters. Upon completion, the graduate should possess the entry level skills necessary to serve as a qualified interpreter in a variety of settings, including educational settings, places of business, ministry, healthcare, and government agencies. This program also provides preparation for graduate school in a variety of related disciplines.

The degree can be completed on campus or via distance learning. There are unique proficiency assessment requirements and they can be found on the Moore School of Education overview page.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in American Sign Language and English
  • Provide culturally responsive and impartial services to all consumers and clients
  • Maintain a high standard of ethics and professionalism
  • Employ critical reflexivity to one's own professional practice
  • Interpret and transliterate effectively and accurately
  • Satisfy professional benchmark exams to advance and pursue minimal entry level interpreting credentials

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

Graduation Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Science degree in education from CU, students must:

  • Complete the required number of designated semester credit hours with a grade-point average of at least 2.75. The student must make a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program.
  • Complete the program of study described in the university catalog. The program advisor will assist you through the process.
  • Meet the requirements for the professional exams as previously described
  • Comply with the university’s requirements concerning settlement of all financial obligations
  • Be recommended by the faculty for graduation