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ASL-English Interpretation

On-the-job responsibilities

The program in ASL-English interpretation prepares entry-level sign language interpreters for work in settings where deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people interact and communicate. The degree allows students to develop foundation skills.

Places of employment

Graduates will find entry work in a variety of settings, including elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions; community service organizations; vocational rehabilitation agencies; business/industry; and government agencies.

Admission requirements

In addition to RIT’s general admissions procedures, the ASL-English interpretation program requires applicants to complete admission materials from the NTID Admissions Office.

Academic preparation

Direct entry to the associate degree option is available for students who demonstrate proficiency at the ASL III level (0875-203) and are ready to enter ASL IV (0875-301) (see course descriptions). It is strongly recommended that applicants possess a BS degree. (Note: By the year 2012, candidates for national interpreter certification must possess a baccalaureate degree.) For those applicants who have had college experience, college transcripts should document a GPA of 3.0 or better, with evidence of very good performance in English courses. A writing sample will be judged on vocabulary, grammar, structure, style, and creativity.

To succeed in this program, students must be able to understand a speaker who is behind them; understand a speaker who is far away; focus on what a speaker is saying in a noisy room; and understand recorded voices through headphones. To see a list of the major skills and abilities needed to study sign language interpreting, please visit the section “Is Interpreting the Career for Me?” on our website.

ASL-English interpretation, AAS degree, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.

First Year

American Sign Language IV, V, VI 0875-301, 302, 303 12

Introduction to the Field of Interpreting 0875-213 4

Intermediate Fingerspelling and Number Skills Development 0875-300 4

Processing Skills Development 0875-311 4

Deaf Culture and Community 0875-212 4

Liberal Arts* 20

Mathematics/Science‡ 8

First-Year Enrichment I, II 1105-051, 052 2

Wellness Education† 0

Second Year

ASL to English Interpreting I, II 0875-316, 326 8

English to ASL Interpreting I, II 0875-315, 325 8

Practical and Ethical Applications 0875-320 4

Interactive Interpreting 0875-400 4

Interpreting Elective 4

Liberal Arts* 4

Practicum Seminar I 0875-350 4

Total Quarter Credit Hours 94

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