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Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting

Total Credit Hours: 31

About Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting

The Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting is designed to train individuals to become Sign Language Interpreters and facilitators of communication for the Deaf. The program combines theoretical and practical learning experiences that will further develop the students’ linguistic knowledge and understanding of American Sign Language (ASL), as well as their awareness of Deaf culture

Major Requirements
Course Course Name Credits
ASL100 American Sign Language I 4
ASL110 American Sign Language II 4
ASL120 American Sign Language III 4
ASL130 American Sign Language IV 4
IN145 Vocabulary Development for Intercultural Development 3
IN170 Introduction to Interpreting 3
IN180 Ecology of Deafness 3
IN220 Voice to Sign Interpreting 3
IN292 Sign Language Interpreting Practicum 3
  Certificate Total 31
2019 - 2020 College Catalog

General Requirements for Certificates

Effective fall Semester 2003, several academic policy changes were implemented to ensure that students are adequately prepared to meet business and industry standards. All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or must have completed developmental coursework for Math and English or have successfully placed into post-secondary Math and English (or equivalent).

Students must fulfill the English general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting the general education requirements. All declared students in Certificate programs will be required to successfully complete minimum general education course requirements. For more information, refer to the Admissions Information, General Education Policy section of this catalog.

A. General Education Requirements

Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as indicated by one of the following:
Test out of the English Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of EN096 or EN097 courses
Test out of the Math Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of MA098 course

*Students in the Certificate of Construction Technology program can successfully complete their math requirements with MA094 Mathematics for the Trades in lieu of MA098 Intermediate Algebra.

B. Major Requirements

Total Major Requirements vary by program.

Minimum Total Credits Required for a Certificate is 30 credits.

* No course may be counted for both Major and General Education requirements.
** Placement testing is not mandatory for admission to the College. Completion of placement testing of equivalent, however, is required for enrollment into English and mathematics courses. Therefore, students who plan to enroll full-time in a program should take the placement test to be eligible for a full load of courses.

2019 - 2020 College Catalog

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills using American Sign Language (ASL).
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and appropriate ethical responses required by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's (RID) Code of Professional Conduct.
  3. Display a non-biased attitude when working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing through proper conduct.

IN180 Ecology of Deafness

This course will expand the student's knowledge of the impact of deafness on language and cognitive development and the socialization of Deaf individuals in a hearing world. Students will also be acquainted with characteristics of Deaf culture.

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IN220 Voice to Sign Interpreting

The course will acquaint students with a basic understanding of what interpreting entails. This course focuses on building expressive interpreting skills such as assisting students in developing voice to sign interpreting skills and strengthening processing skills. Theoretical components and principles are also covered, including strategies for effective receptive listening. 

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ASL100 American Sign Language I

 This course provides students with beginning skills in American Sign Language, including fingerspelling the alphabet, signing basic numbers and using basic vocabulary to facilitate communication with the Deaf in ASL. In addition, students will be introduced to deaf culture and the importance of using body and facial expressions to convey information and to develop visual acuity.

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Associate of Science in Human Services

The Associate of Science in Human Services program provides a multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse curriculum as the foundation for entry-level career pathway in the human services field. The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for employment at entry level para-professional positions in human services assisting social workers and other allied health professionals like counselors, psychologists, nurses and medical doctors.

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Associate of Arts in Education

The Associate of Arts in Education is designed to provide entry-level training for persons interested in working in educational settings. The program also serves as a career/educational ladder for those interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the field.  Students may choose from two areas of concentration:  Bachelor Foundation and/or Pre-Professional.  Emphasis is placed on students learning outcomes in a broad range of educational areas. Only technical requirement courses, which have a grade of “C” or better, will be counted towards the Associate degree.

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Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood pertains to children age eight and below. Early childhood educators work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, cognitive, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.

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