Sign Language Interpreter Preparation

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The Sign Language Interpreter program will provide you with exceptional knowledge and a skill set that will prepare you to partner with the Deaf community. When you complete the AAS Degree in Sign Language Interpretation you will be prepared for entry-level, pre-certified interpreter/translator employment.

Students must submit a Letter of Intent to the Interpreter Preparation Program. In order to be accepted into the program, students must demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language by:

  1. passing the proficiency test at 80%, or
  2. receiving a grade of "B" or above in both ASL 121 and ASL 122.

In addition, program requirements include demonstrated mastery of program skills. Therefore, students must receive a grade of "B" or better in all ASL and IPP courses and at least a "C" in all other general education coursework.

To progress to the Interpreting Internship, students must:

  1. satisfy all program requirements with a grade of "B" or better,
  2. have completed all general education courses and
  3. have an overall G.P.A of a 3.0 or higher.

As of July 2012, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) requires a Bachelor’s degree for national certification. PPCC has partnered with Regis University and Sienna Heights for full transfer of the AAS degree for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. This BAS degree satisfies the RID educational standards for certification.

Contact the Interpreter Preparation Office at 719-502-3200 for more information.

Program prerequisite: CCR 092, MAT 050 or placement scores of ENG 121.

Students may complete deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have instructor permission to enroll.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Sign Language Interpreter Preparation program, students should be able to:

  • Identify tenets of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct and apply professional practice to various scenarios
  • Analyze situation to determine modality most appropriate to client language need (interpret/transliterate)
  • Interpret/transliterate for a diverse population (with native and non-native speakers of varying ages, race, gender, education, socio-economic status, and ethnicity)
  • Demonstrate preparation and brainstorming skills in preparing for assignments and demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changes that arise during an assignment
  • Adjust to the interpreting/transliterating needs of the consumer based on consumer signing style and/or feedback
  • Identify and apply team interpreting practices during interactive interpreting scenarios

General Education Courses

ANT 101

Cultural Anthropology: SS3

3

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

MAT 107

Career Math

3

or

 

 

MAT 120

Mathematics for the Liberal Arts: MA1 or higher

(3)

 

 

15

Additional Required Courses

ASL 123

American Sign Language III

5

ASL 215

ASL Literature

3

ASL 221

American Sign Language IV

3

ASL 222

American Sign Language V

3

IPP 121

Aspects of Interpreting I

3

IPP 122

Aspects of Interpreting II

3

IPP 125

Oral Transliterating

2

IPP 131

Text Analysis

3

IPP 132

Interpretation Analysis

3

IPP 145

Deaf People in Society

2

IPP 147

Survey of Deaf Culture

3

IPP 205

Educational Interpreting

4

IPP 207

Specialized & Technical Communication

2

IPP 225

English to ASL Interpreting

3

IPP 227

ASL to English Interpreting

3

IPP 229

Transliterating

3

IPP 235

Advanced Interpreting

4

IPP 279

Interpreter Seminar

3

IPP 281

Internship

5

Total Credit Hours

75

Certificate

Basic ASL Communication Skills

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://apps.ppcc.edu/catalog/ge/basic-asl-communication-skills/

The ASL certificate is for students who want to broaden their horizons by learning a new language and who plan to use their skills for casual communication as opposed to professional interpreting. ASL is the fourth most commonly used language in the United States and can be a valuable asset in any field that is customer or consumer related. In today’s competitive market, every additional skill on your resume places you one step closer to your dream job. This certificate can be a starting point for your new career or can enhance any established degree or profession.

ASL 123

American Sign Language III

5

ASL 221

American Sign Language IV

3

IPP 121

Aspects of Interpreting I

3

IPP 145

Deaf People in Society

2

IPP 147

Survey of Deaf Culture

3

Total Credit Hours

16