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American Sign Language-English Interpretation

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The degree in American Sign Language (ASL)-English Interpretation is designed to prepare individuals for a career in sign language interpretation.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: A majority of full-time ASL-English interpretation positions in the Commonwealth are found in the K-12 public school setting. The minimum requirement to work as an ASL-English interpreter in the K-12 setting in Virginia is a VQAS Level III, an EIPA of 3.5 or higher, or national certification. Those interpreters who attain national certification may also consider freelance and contract interpreting opportunities, including the expanding fields of video relay service (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI), which both utilize interactive video technology via the Internet.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: ASL-English Interpretation is a two-year, full-time course of study that enrolls new students annually to begin coursework during the spring semester with programmatic content provided year-round until completion. Candidates for admission to the program must provide evidence of fluency in both English and ASL. Fluency in English is demonstrated by placement into ENG 111. Fluency in ASL is demonstrated by completion of the American Sign Language Career Studies Certificate and successful completion of the following courses with a “C” or higher: ASL 125, ASL 220, and ASL 261. Fluency in ASL may also be demonstrated through a placement interview with the American Sign Language and Interpreter Education program head.

As part of the ASL-English Interpretation curriculum, students are prepared to sit for the National Interpreting Certification (NIC) evaluation. Successful completion of this 3-step process results in national certification as an ASL-English interpreter, which may be maintained through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) via continuing education. As of July 1, 2012, individuals are required to have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, as determined by the National Council on Interpreting (NCI), in order to sit for the NIC evaluation. For more information, please contact the ASLandIE Program Head regarding alternative pathways to certification (i.e., without a bachelor degree). For more information on the NIC, please visit www.rid.org.

The student must receive a passing score on either the VQAS, EIPA, or NIC written assessment portion or a “C” or higher in INT 130 prior to initiating INT 280, Interpreter Assessment Preparation, offered during spring semester, year 2. It is typical for students to sit for the VQAS or EIPA performance exam during the spring or summer semesters, year 2. Initiation of INT 290, ASL-English Interpretation Internship, during the fall of year 2 is typical. The Virginia Quality Assurance Screening (VQAS) is a state screening, valid for three years by which time the interpreter must be screened again. For more information on the VQAS, please visit http://www.vddhh.org  or contact the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) at 1-800-552-7917 [V/TTY]. The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) is administered by Boys’ Town. For more information, please visit www.classroominterpreting.org

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Books and Supplies         $400 first semester; $200 for all other semesters
Certification/Testing Fees

Contact RID for NIC fees; contact VDDHH for VQAS fees; contact Boys' Town for EIPA fees


COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT:
 Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

CURRICULUM

COURSE TITLE LEC.
HRS.
LAB.
HRS.
CRS.
CRE.
Spring, Year 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
INT 1951 Introduction to ASL-English Interpretation 1 0 1
INT 105 Interpreting Foundations I (English) 3 0 3
INT 106 Interpreting Foundations II (ASL) 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
TOTAL 14 0 14
Summer, Year 1
ASL 225 Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community 3 0 3
ASL 262 American Sign Language VI 4 0 4
TOTAL 7 0 7
Fall, Year 1
INT 1302 Interpreting: An Introduction to the Profession 3 0 3
INT 107 Translation Skills 3 0 3
INT 133 ASL-to-English Interpretation I 3 0 3
INT 134 English-to-ASL Interpretation I 3 0 3
PSY 3 Psychology Elective: 200-Level 3 0 3
TOTAL 15 0 15
Spring, Year 2
INT 233 ASL-to-English Interpretation II 3 0 3
INT 234 English-to-ASL Interpretation II 3 0 3
___ ___3 Personal Wellness Elective 1 0 1
INT 250 Dialogic Interpretation I 3 0 3
INT 2801,2 Interpreter Assessment Preparation 3 0 3
TOTAL 13 0 13
Summer, Year 2
INT 295 Interpreting in Safe Settings 3 0 3
INT 4 INT Elective 2 0 2
TOTAL 5 0 5
Fall, Year 2
INT 2905 ASL-English Interpreter Internship 0 12 3
___ ___6 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 3
MTH 1637 Precalculus 3 0 3
CST 1008 Principles of  Public Speaking 3 0 3
TOTAL 9 12 12
Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in  ASL-English Interpretation     66

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1 Submission of documentation of a passing score on either the VQAS or EIPA written assessment makes the student eligible for credit-by-able award, which will satisfy the INT 195 requirement. Successful completion of INT 195 is required prior to enrolling in  INT 280, Interpreter Assessment Preparation.

2 Submission of documentation of a passing score on the National Interpreting Certification (NIC) Written Assessment makes the student eligible for a credit-by-able award, which will satisfy the INT 130 requirement. Submission of documentation of a passing score on the NIC Written Assessment or successful completion of INT 130 with a “C” or higher is required prior to enrolling in INT 280, Interpreter Assessment Preparation.

3 The 200-level psychology course should be chosen from the list of approved social/behavioral science courses in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

4 Students should consult with the ASLandIE program head to select from various INT (Interpreter Education) elective offerings, which vary from semester to semester.

5 In order to be placed in an internship (INT 290, fall year 2), the student must sit for and be awarded an interpreting credential (e.g., VQAS level, EIPA award, or NIC certification) or demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a mock ASL-English interpreter assessment approved by the ASLandIE program head.

6 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

7 Students who provide documentation from a receiving institution that supports selection of a math course other than MTH 163 to satisfy a bachelor’s degree requirement may substitute that course to satisfy the math requirement for this AAS degree, pending ASLandIE program head approval.

8 Students who provide documentation from a receiving institution that supports selection of a different course to satisfy the CST requirement may substitute that course, pending ASLandIE program head approval.