Interpreter Education A.A.S.

A55300

The Interpreter Education curriculum prepares individuals to work as entry-level Sign Language Interpreters who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings. In addition, this curriculum provides in-service training for working interpreters who want to upgrade their skills.

Coursework includes the acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL); grammar, structure, and sociolinguistic properties; cognitive processes associated with interpretation between ASL and English; the structure and character of the deaf community; and acquisition of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills.

Entry-level jobs for paraprofessional interpreters are available in educational systems or a variety of community settings. Individuals may choose from part-time, full-time, or self-employment/freelance positions or apply language skills to other human service related areas. Students should consult their advisor for information about course scheduling.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the cognitive processes associated with effective interpretation between the linguistic structure of American Sign Language and English
  • Synthesize knowledge of ethical standards and practices in the field of sign language interpreting
  • Demonstrate their set of professional skills during an Exit Interview/Portfolio Review in their final semester
  • Identify and analyze the audience and purpose for any intended communication (GE V.6)
  • Formulate attitudes, values, and behaviors that promote responsible citizenship (GE VI.1)

General Education

Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ASL 212Intermediate ASL II

3

COM 231Public Speaking

3

FA, SP, SU
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry

3

FA, SP, SU
ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting

3

FA, SP, SU
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy

3

FA, SP, SU
PSY 150General Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU

Major Courses

Core Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ASL 111Elementary ASL I

3

FA, SP
ASL 112Elementary ASL II

3

FA, SP
ASL 211Intermediate ASL I

3

ASL 250Linguistics of American Sign Language

3

FA
IPP 111Introduction to Interpretation

3

FA
IPP 112Comparative Cultures

3

SP
IPP 152ASL/English Translation

3

FA
IPP 161Consecutive Interpreting

5

SP
IPP 221Simultaneous Interpreting I

5

FA, SP
WBL XXXWork-based Learning

1

WBL XXXWork-based Learning Seminar

1

Other Major Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ASL 151Numbers and Fingerspelling

1

FA, SP
CIS 110Introduction to Computers

3

FA, SP, SU
IPP 153Intro Discourse Analysis

3

FA
IPP 222Simultaneous Interpreting II

5

SP
IPP 240Ethical Standards and Practices

3

FA
WBL XXXWork-based Learning

1

WBL XXXWork-based Learning Seminar

1

Total Credit Hours: 68