Carlstrom ASL-Interpreting Department

General Information

Carlstrom American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting is the only fully self-contained interpreter training and Deaf Cultural studies (minor) degree program among Assemblies of God colleges. Qualified faculty members use their knowledge and experience to educate students in the field of interpreting, Deaf culture and American Sign Language thus preparing them for the marketplace. The Carlstrom ASL Interpreting department welcomes students who wish to prepare to work cross-culturally with people who are Deaf; both directly and indirectly. It is the intent of this department that as a result of successfully completing the necessary coursework in either interpreting or Deaf Cultural studies students will be an excellent example of Christ as a cross cultural communicator serving the Deaf community.


In the fall of 1969, North Central University launched the NCU Deaf Studies Program. The vision and purpose was to provide a vehicle whereby Deaf men and women could be prepared to establish indigenous Deaf churches and ministries both at home and abroad. The program started as a three-year diploma program and has grown into its current status-a four-year Bachelor of Arts program. Most recently the program has been reshaped, and now prepares students to work in the field of sign language interpreting offering a major in ASL interpreting and a minor in Deaf Cultural Studies.


The Carlstrom American Sign Language Interpreting department will produce graduates that can ethically utilize their linguistic and cultural skills, knowledge of cross-cultural perspectives and Christian worldview to facilitate communication and understanding between Deaf and non-Deaf people; their expertise will enable them to communicate their knowledge, while advancing the kingdom of God.

Deaf Studies Resources

Here you'll find a comprehensive collection of resources related to Deaf studies and culture. Church directories, job listings and more are at your fingertips! These links are helpful for anyone interested in establishing a lasting connection to Deaf Culture. Need an interpreter? Fill out the Request Form!


910 Elliot Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Kingsriter Center
Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 4:00
Click here contact form
(612) 343-4748
Leslie Bluto



Title 4 Year Plan Credits
American Sign Language Interpreter Preparation 124


Title Credits
Deaf Culture Studies 22

Supporting Programs

Title Credits
ASL/English Interpreter Preparation 24
Deaf Culture Studies 24


Ballentine, Pauline

Chair, Carlstrom ASL-Interpreting Department
(612) 284-0252
Del Kingsriter Center #203D

Ross, William

Associate Professor
(612) 343-4797
Del Kingsriter Center #203C


Career Placement

NCU's Job Posting Database Website for Students and Alumni. Quick access at:

Deaf Churches & Ministries

A ministry that offers Bible School resources, evangelism and outreach tools, training and workshops. They also offer simple reading printed materials that can be ordered off their website.

Established in 1995 and located in Springfield, Virginia. According to their website, "Deaf Family Ministries is an international, nonprofit and Biblically based ministry dedicated to deaf people and their families. Our mission is to provide teaching that wins people to Christ, helps deaf people and their families grow in their relationship with Christ and each other and builds deaf ministries and churches."

A ministry that serves three main areas within the Deaf community: 1) Churches interested in starting Deaf ministry, 2) Deaf adults and children, 3) Parents of deaf children.  Several ways they accomplish this is by providing training in Deaf Culture, Sign Language, Interpreting, and more.

This ministry offers a free video lending library of over 200 Christian video tapes that are either captioned or in ASL. They also have skilled personnel and professional equipment to aid anyone in Deaf ministry who desires to make quality, professional video programs.

According to their website, the mission of IIDS is "to train leaders and educators both deaf and hearing, interpreters and workers with the deaf to evangelize, obtain skill development in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, technology and religious training."

A nonprofit Christian outreach and evangelistic organization consisting of both Deaf and hearing Christians. Their website states: "We come from many walks of life but we all have one thing in common - a love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Because we love Him so much, we want to see ALL men, women, and children come to know and to love Him." There mission is to bring the hope of Christ to the Deaf community, and they accomplish this by advocating on behalf of Deaf ministries, educating hearing churches about spiritual needs of the Deaf community, and creating ministry resources and materials.

According to their website, "Silent World Ministries, established in 1966, is a missionary - evangelistic outreach to deaf people, families and churches; writing and printing fundamental Bible materials that can be trusted. Our goal is to win people to Christ, to help build deaf ministries; to establish deaf ministries; to strengthen deaf people into mature Christians with sound Bible literature. We are a fundamental, non-profit, tax-exempt ministry to the deaf.

Deaf Education

Take a look at this site for detailed information on the world's leading undergraduate and graduate programs for the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students.

Deaf History & Art

Here you will find a large catalogue of books, written by Deaf and hearing authors about the Deaf culture and its history.

This link provides information and resources related to American Sign Language (ASL), Interpreting and Deaf Culture.

For Deaf Culture 101, take a look at this site.

To view written works by deaf and hard of hearing individuals and also deaf art, visit this site.

For information on historical Deaf people, History of Sign Language, Cochlear Implants and more.

For Deaf poetry, visit this site!

A great resource for anyone interested in Deaf art, this site provides fantastic pictures of art and background information on each work.

Deaf Missions

Want to find out what Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International are doing with Sign Languages in other countries? Want to get involved in the work? Check out this organization.

A non-denominational Christian organization whose main purpose is to train and send deaf missionaries all over the world.

Offers a listing of overseas missionaries to the Deaf.

Provides a list and contact information of Deaf overseas missionaries.

Founded in 1970 and today serves over 50 denominations in more than 50 nations by providing quality resources (ie: Bible in ASL) and programs. Their mission statement is "To effectively minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to deaf people."

Check out this ministry that exists for the sole purpose of sharing the Gospel with the deaf in India.

An Assemblies of God national fellowship for the deaf and hard of hearing population. They offer camps, retreats, conventions and other forms of deaf culture fellowship.

Deaf Organizations

Provides opportunities for the professional development of interpreter educators. Serves as a vehicle for sharing information among interpreter educators; Promotes high standards in institutions, faculties, programs and curricula for the education of interpreters. Advocates for research relevant to the practice and instruction of interpretation. Encourages collegial relationships with professionals in other related disciplines and organizations.

The following is a sample of what the Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division(DHHS) offers to the deaf community. Information regarding each category can be accessed on their website, as well as contact information for further inquiry.


  1. Hearing loss and available services
  2. Deaf blind services
  3. Sensitivity and awareness training
  4. Resource and demonstration labs
  5. Telephone equipment
  6. Community events
  7. FAQs
  8. Employment

Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) is a non-profit organization of professional interpreters, consumers, and interested persons, established in Minnesota. According to their website, the MRID's mission is "to provide state and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the professions of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English." The MRID website contains information on membership, committees, Continuing Education workshops, contact information and more.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is a private, non-profit organization, established in 1880, whose main mission is "safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications." As their website maintains, in order to support its mission, the NAD provides programs and activities for the following categories:

  1. Grassroots advocacy and empowerment
  2. Captioned media
  3. Certification of American Sign Language professionals
  4. Certification of sign language interpreters
  5. Deafness-related information and publications
  6. Legal assistance
  7. Policy development and research
  8. Public awareness
  9. Youth leadership development

According to the RID website, "The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) is a national membership organization of professionals who provide sign language interpreting/transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. Established in 1964 and incorporated in 1972, RID is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization."

RID advocates for the increased quality, qualifications, and quantity of interpreters through our three main triad of services:

  • Professional Certification through our National Testing System (NTS)
  • Professional development through our Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and Associate Continuing Education Tracking (ACET)
  • Promoting our Code of Ethics through our Ethical Practices System (EPS)

You may be asking yourself, "Why should I care about RID? What's the big deal?"

First of all, RID is "the only national, professional organization that represents the needs and concerns of interpreters. RID has a slate of committees on everything from Professional Standards to Legislative Issues. [They] also actively participate in the Council of Organizational Representatives (COR), which provides a forum for public policy issues related to people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Through COR, RID has taken stands on important issues such as the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and health care reform ("

In other words, if you're pursuing a career as an interpreter, you will run across the RID frequently. If you become a member of RID (students are welcome!), many benefits will follow. For information on these benefits and how to join, again, visit the RID website.


Here you will find a current listing and helpful information on plays, social gatherings, retreats, and other deaf events in the Twin Cities area.

General Information


This site is another great tool to discover what jobs are available in the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Work Force Center is easily accessible and dedicated to finding jobs for people in all fields of work. Present and/or potential interpreters, visit this site today!

Visit the NAD website for a current listing of job opportunities around the U.S. in following fields: 1) Deaf/Deaf-Blind Education, Interpreting, Mental Health, 4) Other.

RID is another great link to obtain a current listing of job openings in the interpreting field.

Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) offers information regarding employment opportunities for educational interpreters.

This site provides a current posting of sign language interpreter employment opportunities around the United States. Employment opportunities listed on this site appear to focus more on educational interpreting; however, do not exclude the following categories: 1) Agency, 2) Business, 3) Mental Health, 4) Organizations.

Professional Development

Other great workshop links

The current directory of all the Interpreter Training Programs in the United States.

For information on quality interpreting workshops offered in the state of Minnesota, visit this site and click under "Continuing Education."

Videos and Text Materials

The publisher of the famous "Signing Naturally" ASL 1-4 books, this company also produces a vast array of other books and videotaped instructional materials on American Sign Language and the Deaf Culture.

A user-friendly website that offers an abundant list of companies that sell Deaf Culture-related products.

This organization provides interpreters with ASL videos, CD-ROMS, and information on CEU credit workshops.

For resources on almost any topic related to Deaf Culture, linguistics, ASL, Deaf History, and more, visit their website.

Another quality producer that provides videotaped and text materials on American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.

An organization that offers quality videotaped and text materials on ASL and Deaf Culture.