Resources for Educational Interpreters Emily Graves
Welcome Educational Interpreters
One of the primary objectives of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education Initiative is to provide professional development opportunities and resources to those who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We have created this page specifically for educational interpreters of all stripes – whether you’re a new educational interpreter or have 5 or 10 years’ experience.Please seek out this page often and if you have a suggestion for a resource for this page, please contact us.
The EIPA is a tool designed to evaluate the voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpreting skills of interpreters who work in the elementary and secondary school classroom setting. There is both a written and a performance section to the EIPA. The written portion is a pass/fail assessment and the performance portion is an assessment with a rating range of 1-5, with 5 being the highest score one can attain.
To be an educational interpreter certified through the New Hampshire Department of Education a person:
Must hold a minimum of an Associate’s degree
Receive a passing grade on the EIPA Written test
In addition, that person needs to meet one of the following requirements:
Pass the EIPA Performance with a score of 3.5 or better
Hold a current national certification from either the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or the National Association of the Deaf
Or hold an Educational Interpreter certification from another state whose standards are equivalent to New Hampshire’s standards
Please note that there are usually no Performance Tests offered in January or February in New Hampshire because of the chance of inclement weather.
Upcoming EIPA Written Test Dates
New Hampshire doesn’t currently offer the EIPA Written Test, but the Education Initiative is working to provide Written Test proctors in 2017. We recommend taking the Written Test in either Maine or Massachusetts. A list of Approved Proctors of the Written Test (PDF) is available from ClassroomInterpreting.org (opens new tab).
Northeast Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, Inc.
57 Regional Drive
Concord, NH, 03301
Performance Test: $335 through June 30, 2017, $350 thereafter
Click one of the links under “Upcoming EIPA Performance test dates” in the left hand column or click Calendar from the menu at the top of the screen and scroll to the date for which you would like to take the test. The test registration form is contained within the calendar entry. Complete the form and click Submit.
The deadline for registering for the Performance test is usually the one week before the test date.