Students considering a career in ASL/English interpreting must achieve mastery of both American Sign Language and English by the end of their training. Success in the interpreting profession requires very good interpersonal skills, empathy, acceptance of cultural and linguistic differences, ethical judgement, and a readiness to pursue life-long learning. Graduates must pass state-level credentialing or licensing exams to gain employment. National credentialing is typically achievable within two to four years after state-level credentialing.
Courses are offered during the daytime hours only. Students must have reliable transportation to and from their practicum sites.
Completion of the Associate Degree in a two-year time frame requires a commitment to five courses per semester which is difficult for most students. In order to lessen this course load, students are strongly encouraged to take general education courses while taking Elementary ASL I and II. In particular, students are strongly encouraged to take their English and math requirements during this time.
|Recommended Course Sequence
Deaf Studies: Interpreting Transfer Associate Degree
|Year 1||Fall||ASL111, DST101, DST191, ENG101, Math Elective|
|Spring||ANT101, ASL112, ASL203, ENG102, Government OR History Elective|
|Year 2||Fall||ASL201, DST205, Free Elective, PHI110, Science Elective|
|Spring||ASL202, ASL205, DST102, Science Elective|