SLCC General Catalog

American Sign Language/English Interpreting AAS

CTE Associate Of Applied Science (AAS)
70 credits minimum

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Program Description

The ASL/English Interpreting program is designed to prepare new and returning students for state and national certification testing. Obtaining certification can lead to employment in the rapidly expanding and rewarding field of ASL/English Interpreting. After successful completion of the program, students must apply for and pass the Utah State Interpreter Certification exam, National Interpreter Certification and/or the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment to work as a professional interpreter. The ASL/English Interpreter Education Program will prepare students to test for the Utah Professional Certification, National Interpreter Certification and/or the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment.  As of July 1, 2012, candidates must have a bachelor's degree (in any field) to sit for the National Interpreter Certification exam.  Utah Professional Certification and Educational Interpreter Certification do not require a bachelor's degree.

Transfer/Articulation Information

While an AAS is typically a terminal degree, graduates of SLCC's ASL/English Interpreting program can continue their studies at a four year institution by completing that institution's residency and upper-division requirements because they have completed their entire general education core at SLCC.  SLCC has identified a number of good transfer options within USHE and will advise students accordingly.

Program Entry Requirements

In accordance with SLCC admissions requirements, students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent before matriculating into the ASL/English Interpreting program.

In addition, students must demonstrate ASL proficiency at the ASL 2020 level or higher before enrolling in interpreting coursework (INTR 1100 and beyond). Students who successfully pass ASL 2020 with a B or better or demonstrate ASL proficiency at the 2020 level using standard department procedures will satisfy the ASL prerequisites.  Students who are not yet proficient in ASL at the 2020 level will not be able to complete the AAS in ASL/English Interpreting in the two years typically expected for an associate's degree because of the additional time required to become language proficient.  Such students may want to consider completing an Associate of Science transfer degree with a pre-major in American Sign Language before pursuing a degree in ASL/English Interpreting at the associate's or bachelor's level.

Entrance into the ASL English Interpreting program requires prerequisites and an application.  All prerequisite courses must be completed with a “B-“ grade or better. For application information, please contact the ASL Department or the ASL Academic Advisor.

Total Program/Course Fees

$60

Estimated Cost for Students

$1200

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is five semesters.

Specialized Accreditation

SLCC is currently seeking accreditation from the Collegiate Council on Interpreter Education (CCIE). 

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 6 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing (EN)

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing (EN)

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

OR

 

 

 

ENGL 2100

Technical Writing (EN)

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) From The Following

Course

 Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1030

Quantitative Reasoning (QL)

3

A

RDG 0990; within the last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

OR

 

 

 

Any approved QL course

 

 

American Institutions (AI) Choose One Course (3 Credits) From The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1740

Econ History of US (AI)

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

HIST 1700

American Civilization (AI)

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

POLS 1100

US Govt & Politics (AI)

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (In Or Depth) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1020

Principles Public Speaking

3

A

Distribution Areas:

Complete the following Interdisciplinary/Diversity (ID/DV) course:

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 2150

Intercultural Comm

3

A

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas.

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Required Courses: (32 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

INTR 1000

Intro to Interpreting

1

A

 

INTR 1100

Connect to Community I

1

F

Acceptance to the INTR program

INTR 1110

Connect to Community II

1

Sp

INTR 1100

INTR 1200

Interpreting I

5

F

Acceptance to the INTR program

INTR 1300

Ethics/Prof Standards

3

F

Acceptance to the INTR program

INTR 1400

Interpreting II

5

Sp

INTR 1200

INTR 1500

Comparative Linguistics

3

Sp

INTR 1200; Coreq: INTR 1400

INTR 1600

Internship I

2

F

INTR 1400

INTR 2000

Research

1

F, Su

INTR 1400

INTR 2100

Connect to Community III

1

F

INTR 1110

INTR 2200

Interpreting III

5

F

INTR 1400

INTR 2400

Interpreting IV

2

Sp

INTR 2200

INTR 2600

Internship II

2

Sp

INTR 2400

Elective Courses: (Select 4 Credits From The Following)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

INTR 1900

Ind Studies/Special Project

1-2

TBA

INTR 1400 and instructor approval

INTR 2900

Special Studies

1-2

A

INTR 2200 and instructor approval

INTR 2910

Educational Interpreting

2

F

INTR 1400

INTR 2920

VRS Interpreting

2

Sp

INTR 2200

INTR 2930

Community Interpreting

2

Su

INTR 1400

 

Sample Schedule

Summer Semester

INTR 1000

1

 

 

COMM 1020

3

 

 

ENGL 1010

3

 

 

SS Distribution

3

 

 

Total

10

 

 

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

 

INTR 1100

1

INTR 1110

1

INTR 1200

5

INTR 1400

5

INTR 1300

3

INTR 1500

3

ENGL 2010

3

COMM 2150

3

QL

3

PS Distribution

3

Total

15

Total

15

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

INTR 2100

1

INTR 2400

2

INTR 2200

5

INTR 2600

2

INTR 1600

2

INTR ELEC

2

INTR 2000

1

INTR ELEC

2

AI

3

HU Distribution

3

BS Distribution

3

FA Distribution

3

 

 

LW

1

Total

15

Total

15

 

Additional Program Notes

All ASL/English Interpreting coursework must be completed with a “B-“ grade or better.  A student receiving a grade of C+ or lower will not be allowed to continue the program.  For more information contact Connie Spanton-Jex at 801-957-4642.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate broad general knowledge in many diverse fields in order to interpret in varied work environments. 
  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  • Students will sufficiently master program-specific, professional knowledge and demonstrate proficiency by discussing historical, linguistic and cultural issues as well as professional standards and roles for an ASL/English Interpreter. 

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will sufficiently master program-specific, professional education competencies and demonstrate proficiency by effectively interpreting from ASL to English and English to ASL.  

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will have completed in-depth internship experiences. 

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to interpreting work to enhance language fluency. 

2, 4

  • Students will obtain state and/or national certification (Utah Certification, EIPA, NIC). 

1, 2, 5

Department Contact Info

Humanities, Language and Culture Department

Taylorsville Redwood Campus

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4642

American Sign Language Department

Academic Advisor
TB 315
801-957-3866

Department Chair
Paul Allen

Program Faculty

Assistant Professors:
Connie Spanton-Jex

Instructors:
Duane Kinner