ASL Interpreter Preparation Program, AAS (Owens Code: ASLI)
The American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Preparation Program will prepare students to interpret between people who are hard of hearing or deaf and hearing individuals in such areas as education, work environments, video phone and performance interpreting!
With a solid foundation in interpreting basics, students will be prepared for internships or entry-level ASL interpreting positions. Additionally, students will be well-prepared to continue their training in more complex interpreting such as medical and legal interpreting.
About the Program
The program includes:
- Extensive course work in both ASL and the ASL Interpreting Profession.
- Hands-on-opportunities through the language lab to practice their skills
- Real-world experience interpreting in the deaf community through a practicum
Admission to this program begins with the ASL Certificate. Students will gain proficiency in ASL through the certificate before admission to the Interpreter program. All ASL courses are incorporated into the Interpreter Program and students earn the ASL certificate as part of the degree.
*In order to complete the program students must 1) earn a C or better in all ASL and Interpreter courses before moving to the next level of courses,* 2) complete a practicum in the last semester of the program and 3) as part of the program, participate in activities with the deaf community outside of class.
There are job opportunities for American Sign Language Interpreter in the following environments:
- Classroom interpreting (K-12 and beyond)
- Professional development
- Job Training
- Video phone interpreting
ASL Interpreting is an in-demand career with nationwide job mobility.