EIPA Requirements for Educational Interpreters
Educational interpreters must be certified to work in Michigan public schools.
The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), administered through MDE-LIO, is one route interpreters can take toward gaining certification.
All educational interpreters need to have earned at least a 4.0 on the EIPA. Additionally:
- Interpreters in elementary settings need to pass an approved written assessment if the 4.0 is earned after August 31, 2016.
- Interpreters in secondary settings need to pass an approved written assessment if the 4.0 is earned after August 31, 2018.
EIPA Written Assessment
One approved written assessment is the EIPA Written Assessment, which is scheduled through Boys Town. Visit classroominterpreting.org for registration information.
For more information, including other certification options, read Michigan's Qualified Interpreter Rules [PDF].
Educational interpreters who do not have at least a 4.0 but plan to work in an elementary or secondary setting may apply for an exception. Exceptions are provided for one school year and are only granted under specific circumstances outlined in Rule 27 of Michigan's Qualified Interpreter Rules [PDF].
To apply for an exception, the interpreter and the employing school district must each submit an application to the Division on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DODDBHH).
For more information, visit the Division on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing website or email email@example.com.