Sign Language Interpreter Preparation

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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This program prepares students for entry-level employment as either interpreters or transliterators or both for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Students must apply for admission to the Interpreter Preparation Program. In order to be accepted into the program, students must demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language. This may be accomplished by passing a proficiency test or by completing ASL 121 with a C grade or better and ASL 122 with a B grade or better. Contact the Interpreter Preparation Office at 719-502-3500 for more details about applying.

Students must earn a B or better in ASL skills classes to advance to the next level. To enroll in internship (IPP 281) students must have a B average with no more than one C grade in IPP 225, IPP 227, IPP 229, or ASL 222.

Program prerequisite: ENG 090, MAT 060, REA 090 or placement scores of ENG 121, MAT 090, and REA 090 or higher.

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

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 (or higher)

3

 

 

15

Other Course Requirements

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

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at www.ppcc.edu/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