Classroom Interpreting

Classroom Interpreters - Professional Conduct Guidelines

The Educational Interpreter Works for the School and Educational Team

The context of educational interpreting and the responsibilities placed on the interpreter are very different than those in the community setting.

The educational interpreter is a member of an educational team that has a federal obligation to educate a student with special needs. As a related service provider, the educational interpreter has legal responsibilities to support a child’s education, providing the student access to the general curriculum. These legal responsibilities define a very different scope of practice for the educational interpreter than for the adult community interpreter.

The following figure tries to capture the relationship that an educational interpreter has with the numerous members of the school, the educational team, and the classroom.

The educational interpreter has numerous relationships with different obligations to each. Such obligations include: