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Foreign Language Interpreting Certificate

Foreign Language Interpreting

Program Overview

MCC Campus(s): MCC-Maple Woods
Program Coordinator: Chad Montuori, 816.604.3394

In Kansas City, there is an urgent need for formal training to improve the number of qualified foreign language interpreters particularly in the judicial and health care settings.

Our program will prepare functionally-bilingual students to work as entry-level interpreters in health care and legal contexts.

Certificates Offered

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Related Program:

Foreign Language Program

To Apply

  1. Submit an admissions application online to MCC.
  2. Official transcripts from high school and any colleges must be provided. (Students with more than 15 college credits do not need to submit high school transcripts.) Send transcript materials to:
    Student Data Center
    The Metropolitan Community Colleges
    3200 Broadway
    Kansas City, MO 64111
  3. Complete an application for our certificate program (PDF). After receiving your application, we will contact you about taking the oral proficiency exam (details below).
    Please send your completed application to:
    MCC-Maple Woods
    Chad Montuori - Math Sciences 101B
    2601 NE Barry Road
    Kansas City, MO 64156
    You can also scan then email the application to
  4. Successfully pass an oral proficiency exam in your second language.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get this certificate?

The certificate program is 20 credit hours and can be completed in one year. Two classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as an internship in the summer. (Classes meet for eight weeks two evenings a week for approximately 3 hours.) The internship is under the supervision of a professional interpreter who will aid the student in using the skills and apply the knowledge gained from previous semesters.

How is the Program Structured?

The MCC-Maple Woods program accommodates a multitude of languages by spending some class time on theoretical and practical topics that are relevant to all interpreting students. English is the language spoken in class during this part of class time. For the remainder of the class, students are broken up into groups based on language pairs to practice skills to increase their proficiency as interpreters. Class size is limited to 28 students.

Is this the same as state or federal certification?

No. This certificate attests to completion of a course of study. Certification is done by professional organizations or government agencies. Advancement in the field may require further academic training or certification.

Any other questions? Contact Chad Montuori - 816.604.3394