Preparation for a Career as a Communicator
Leading to entry-level positions as an interpreter, this program will further develop your skills, enabling you to communicate words and emotions in a second language. Those with a bachelor’s degree are eligible for this proficiency certificate program, starting with theASL/English Interpreting I proficiency certificate.
The Interpreting II certificate provides advanced knowledge about ASL as you learn about interpreting in specialized settings, translating and consecutively interpreting texts in both ASL and English, and exploring the American Deaf community and its culture from a sociological and intercultural point of view. A multimedia language and interpreting lab with video, digital and computer technology allows you to record and watch your ASL and interpreting skills.
You will gain first-hand experience through an internship, as well as fieldwork, observations and guest lecturers, for academic and career success.
Completion of this program also prepares you to take the national certification evaluation. Most students will first need several years of experience before acquiring their certification.
|Course Number and Name||Prerequisites||Credits|
|INT 106 - American Deaf Culture||INT 105 with a grade of "C" or better||3 credits|
|INT 240 - Introduction to the Field of ASL/English Interpreting||ASL 230, ASL 231, INT 105 with a grade of "C" or better||3 credits|
|INT 242 - Introduction to Interpreting Processes||ASL 215, ASL 230, ASL 231 all with a grade of "C" or better
Pre- or coreq: INT 240
|INT 251 - ASL/English Interpreting I||ASL 232, INT 240, INT 242 all with a grade of "C" or better.||3 credits|
|INT 252 - ASL/English Interpreting II||INT 251 with a grade of "C" or better||3 credits|
|INT 255 - Transliterating||INT 251 with a grade of "C" or better||3 credits|
|INT 260 - Interpreting in Specialized Settings||INT 240 with a grade of "C" or better||3 credits|
|INT 297 - Internship in Interpreting||INT 252 and INT 255 both with a grade of "C" or better||4 credits|
* Students who hold a bachelor’s degree will already meet this prerequisite requirement.
General Education Requirements:
Assist in the communication efforts among Deaf and nondeaf individuals in almost any setting. Adapt and be flexible to different situations where you are working with individuals with diverse communication needs.
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- Communicate spoken word through ASL in a variety of fields, including education, government, business, law and video relay companies
- Use your knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture to effectively and equally express messages and emotions
How well does it pay?
New workers generally start around $40,577. Normal pay for Interpreters and Translators is $51,914 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $69,544.