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2018-2019

Associate in Applied Science

American Sign Language-English Interpreter Training Program

The ASL-English Interpreter Training Program A.A.S. prepares students for the field of ASL-English interpreting. Students learn the role and responsibilities of the interpreter, the various interpreting settings, and the skills needed to become a competent ASL-English sign language interpreter. Further, students will gain valuable insight into Deaf Culture, the history of the Deaf, and the Deaf Community.

This professional career program is a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses that is intended to provide students with the necessary techniques and skills required for professional work as interpreters for the deaf. Graduates are encouraged to continue with their education by transferring to baccalaureate degree programs. In addition, graduates are encouraged to obtain national interpreter certification through Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).*

RID certification leads to advanced/higher level of employment opportunities within the field, such as court interpreting, medical-related interpreting, and interpreting for corporate and state organizations.

*Students who plan to obtain RID certification and credentials must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate in American Sign Language using appropriate vocabulary, grammar, pragmatics, and discourse.
  • Perform accurate interpretation from ASL to spoken English.
  • Perform accurate interpretation from spoken English to ASL.
  • Apply knowledge of Deaf culture, Deaf community, cross-cultural issues, hearing culture, and multicultural issues.
  • Apply the underlying principles of the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Educate others with information on deafness and available resources.

Note:

Program Admission Requirements:

1. Apply to PCCC and meet admission criteria

2. College-level placement in English, Reading, and Mathematics

3. Students are admitted in the ASL-English interpreter Training Degree Program when they have satisfactory completed the following courses with a grade of "B" or higher.

(Please note the prerequisites and co-requisite of these courses above.)

4. Prior to enrolling in ASL 221 Interpreting Practicum, students must achieve college-level placement in English reading, writing, and Mathematics. 

Transferring ASL Credits

1.  Placement testing is required prior to transferring of ASL course credits to determine the appropriate level of language competency. Transfer students are required to meet with the Department Chair and/or Program Coordinator. 

2. Transferred students with advanced standing must complete at least one-half of the credits required in the major at PCCC to be awarded a degree.

Curriculum Admission Requirements:

1.  Minimum grade of “C” is required in all General Education courses.

2.  A grade of “B” or higher is required in ASL 103, ASL 104, ASL 105, ASL 108, ASL 109, ASL 201, ASL 202. ITP students must earn a minimum of a B or higher in this course to complete graduation (B-, C+, C, D, or F, students must repeat the course again).

3.  A grade of “B” or higher is required in all interpreting courses: ASL 203, ASL 205, ASL 210, ASL 215, ASL 218, ASL 221. ITP students must earn a minimum of a B or higher in this course to complete graduation (B-, C+, C, D, or F, students must repeat the course again).

4. Students are required to take a signing skill proficiency exam prior to taking courses ASL 210, ASL 215, ASL 218, and ASL 221. Achieve advanced level of proficiency or higher. Additional requirements -  Refer to ASL ITP Student Handbook.

 

 


General Education(21 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Choose one (1) of the following courses
ENS 104 Speech Fundamentals 3
ENS 106 Public Speaking 3
Mathematics (3 credits)
MA 101 College Mathematics I 3
Technology (3 credits)
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
Social Science (3 credits)
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Diversity (3 credits)
SO 202 Cultural Anthropology 3

Career(42 credits)

Code Name Credits
ASL 103 Fingerspelling 2
ASL 104 American Sign Language I 3
ASL 105 Deaf Culture and History 3
ASL 108 American Sign Langauge II 3
ASL 109 American Sign Language Syntax and Grammar 3
ASL 201 American Sign Language III 3
ASL 202 American Sign Language IV 3
ASL 203 Introduction to Interpreting I 3
ASL 205 Interpreting II 3
ASL 210 ASL-English Translation Skills Studies 3
ASL 215 ASL-English Interpreting 3
ASL 218 English-ASL Interpreting 3
ASL 221 Interpreting Practicum 4
EDU 293 Including the Exceptional Child 3

Total Credits 63


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester (Fall) Credits
ASL 104 American Sign Language I 3.0
ASL 105 Deaf Culture and History 3.0
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
MA 101 College Mathematics I 3.0
Total 15.0
Second Semester (Spring) Credits
ASL 108 American Sign Langauge II 3.0
ASL 109 American Sign Language Syntax and Grammar 3.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
ENS 104 Speech Fundamentals OR ENS 106 Public Speaking 3.0
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Total 15.0
Summer Session Credits
ASL 103 Fingerspelling 2.0
ASL 201 American Sign Language III 3.0
Total 5.0
Third Semester (Fall) Credits
ASL 202 American Sign Language IV 3.0
ASL 203 Introduction to Interpreting I 3.0
ASL 210 ASL-English Translation Skills Studies 3.0
EDU 293 Including the Exceptional Child 3.0
Total 12.0
Fourth Semester (Spring) Credits
ASL 205 Interpreting II 3.0
ASL 215 ASL-English Interpreting 3.0
ASL 218 English-ASL Interpreting 3.0
SO 202 Cultural Anthropology 3.0
Total 12.0
Fifth Semester Credits
ASL 221 Interpreting Practicum 4.0
Total 4.0