Deaf Studies: Interpreting Transfer
There’s a high demand for interpreters for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in just about all areas ofÂ life. Interpreters are required when Deaf and Hard of Hearing people see their doctor, when they go to school, when they attend meetings at their place of employment, when they go to court, and more. If you love learning languages and studying differentÂ cultures,Â have strong people skills, have an ability to empathize with people in all kinds of settings, you have the qualities essentialÂ for a successful career in interpreting.
After passing state-level exams, interpreters typically work for another year or two prior to applying to take the national credentialing examination administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. National Interpreter Certification is the highest level credential available to interpreters. Holders of this credential are qualified to work in a variety of settings anywhere in the country. Interpreters who wish to specialize in medical, mental health and legal interpreting are qualified to do so after additional specialized training.
Please note: As of Fall 2013, this option is slated to become a transfer program leading to a Bachelor’s degree in ASL/English interpreting. Students entering in Fall 2012 will be advised according to the criteria for the transfer option.
Students pursuing Fall 2012 enrollment must have completed Elementary ASL 101 and Elementary ASL 102 with a “B” or better before applying to the program.
Prospective students who have acquired American Sign Language outside of NECC must have an ASL assessment before May 1, 2012. To schedule an ASL assessment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.