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Online Graduate Certificate Program in
Interpreting Services in Diaspora Communities

School: Missional College  //  Study Area: Serving Among Cultural Difference

 Similar to Other Universities, But with a Unique Set of Courses

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Undergraduate Certificate in
Interpreting Services in Diaspora Communities?


The Graduate Certificate in Interpreting Services in Diaspora Communities is a humanities-based interdisciplinary Certificate program that prepares bilingual students to take the exams to become a certified interpreter in legal and medical contexts.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving among internationals, immigrants and refugees in the mission of God.

An investigation of the biblical theology of mission. The student will analyze three distinct but interrelated areas: The biblical and theological foundations of mission; the Kingdom of God as the theme of mission; and progressive revelation throughout salvation history. The student will be able to construct his/her own mission theological framework.

Introduction to language interpreting (oral) and translation (written), including linguistic communication, translation approaches, problems and processes, cultural competency and ethics, the role of the interpreter, modes of interpretation and interpreter errors. Through readings, observations, case studies, and research, the student will gain an understanding of how to prepare to become a certified/registered interpreter and/or translator.

Exploration of missional life patterns. The student will develop a plan for incorporating interpreting and/or translating into the normal rhythms of everyday life and work. Through readings, interviews, and case studies, the student will discover personal applications for utilizing interpreting and/or translating in life experience.

Medical Terminology for Health Services is an essential foundation course for anyone working in or dealing with health services, health care. Understanding the physical challenges of individuals with whom you come in contact will support holistic care, decrease misunderstandings and help with prep of assessments of all types. Knowing and using the terminology provides entre to the care team, individual and family. This knowledge supports the ability to read and interpret important research, health and medical articles, reports and to know whether they are applicable to the patient/client population you are serving.

Advanced sight translation training focusing on medical records. Includes identification of the origins of medical terms, and theory and practice of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation as applied to common medical situations. Advanced consecutive and simultaneous interpretation skills building: listening/prediction, analysis, note-taking, recall, positioning, situational control, shadowing and decalage, equipment use and interpreting

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Navigating Cultural Difference

Is this Your Mission?

Interpreter and Translator, Interpreting Services Coordinator, Health Care Interpreter, Legal Services Interpreter, Educational Interpreter, Online Remote Interpreter and Translator



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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40% Tuition


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.