Interpreter Database
Interpreter DatabaseInterpreter Database : Minnesota Department of Education


Welcome to Interpreter Database



The Minnesota Department of Education maintains an online database of interpreters and translators. The database includes the following information:
  • Names and contact information

  • Languages spoken and written

  • Education

  • Specific training in interpretation and/or translation

  • Previous experience as an interpreter or translator

This database is available to public schools and other organizations that need interpreters or translators for special education IEP meetings, other parent meetings or other purposes. MDE maintains this database as a service to public schools but does not guarantee the qualifications of individuals or set fees for services.

School districts that wish to employ an interpreter who is listed in this database should contact that individual directly to discuss what services are needed and to negotiate fees.

Need help hiring an interpreter?

Working with Interpreters offers guidelines and suggestions to help ensure that work done with the help of an interpreter or translator is successful. You can print or view this document using Acrobat by clicking the link above. When the document opens in Acrobat, select Print from the File menu.

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Registering for the Database

Public schools have difficulty finding interpreters and translators for less common languages. MDE is particularly interested in registering speakers of less common languages.

Interpreters and translators can register online through this website by using the Online Registration link. If individuals are unable to register online, please print this registration form and return by mail to the address below. To print the form using Acrobat, click this link to open the form and then select Print from the File menu. After printing the form, use the browser's Back button to return to this page.

For further information, contact

Elizabeth Watkins
MN Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: 651-582-8678
Fax: 651-582-8729
Email:Elizabeth.Watkins@state.mn.us

Other Agencies

The State of Minnesota Court System maintains a database of interpreters which can be accessed through this link. http://www.mncourts.gov/?page=304 The Minnesota Department of Health is establishing a database of medical interpreters which can be accessed through this link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/pqc/hci/index.html