Supporting Novice Interpreters on the Journey from Graduation to Certification

The Graduation to Certification Projected, facilitated by the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University, wrapped up on December 31, 2021. We supported novice interpreters in beginning their journey as professionals working toward certification. We learned much about what works and what doesn’t work and will be sharing our findings in the coming months. We also created a number of resources available for sharing with interpreter education programs, interpreting agencies, and others who are working to support novice interpreters entering the field.

Please check out https://grad2cert.org/dissemination/ to view all of our video resources and learning materials. These are all free for you to use and download if you desire.  You may use these materials as they are or adapt them for your use in your own Learning Management System. We ask that you include CATIE Center citation for what you use.

We will be highlighting some of the individual resources in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions, please reach out to catiecenter@stkate.edu.  Thank you for your interest in these materials and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with you in our future projects and programs.

See Available GTC Resources

A collection of 4 different Zoom conversations featuring deaf and hearing people engaged in conversation.

Check out the GTC Interactive Interpreting Practice Video Library with 80 videos designed for novice interpreting practice.

2021 GTC Activities

The Graduation to Certification program will continue to offer the GTC Journey Tracks from July through December 2021 for both hearing and deaf interpreters. We are also working on preparing our findings and resources to share with the field. Look for more information starting in August about these resources.

The Graduation to Certification Quest

The Power of Not Yet

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad

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With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Graduation to Certification program of the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University seeks, in part, to decrease the time between graduation and RID certification, and to diversify the interpreting profession. As we build our program, the underlying question driving our work is: How do we transform interpreter education?

In answering this question, we are inspired by Carol Dweck’s (2008) concept of “growth mindset” that views intelligence as something that can be developed through effort and learning. In a 2014 TED talk, Dweck shared the experience of a school that saw a rise in student achievement when it stopped using the grade “F” and replaced it with “Not Yet.” The Graduation to Certification program is bringing a “growth mindset” to the field of interpreter education. Through this process we recognize that our “failures” as a field are actually opportunities from which we learn, grow and develop through continued effort.

As a field, we haven’t failed in reaching our goals.  We just are not there…yet.


Dweck, Carol S.. (2008) Mindset: the new psychology of success New York : Ballantine Books

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