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AAS.ASL/IEP Interpreter Education

The mission of this program is to provide a competency-based foundation for entry into American Sign Language/English Interpreter profession, or continuation in a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year institution. AAS.ASL/IEP would provide education in liberal arts, American Sign Language, Deaf Culture and History, and American Sign Language Linguistics to prepare students to understand the meanings and intentions expressed in one language (the source language) and then express those meanings and intentions in other language (the target language). Students will be encouraged to continue their education and obtain national interpreter certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Students interested in working in K-12 education will be encouraged to pursue NJ Department of Education licensure for educational interpreters. 

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the ethical standards for professionals working in the field of American Sign Language-English interpreter/transliterator as published by the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf;
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of American Deaf Culture;
  • Employ the fundamentals of basic business organization and management;
  • Express proper English in written and spoken communication across registers;
  • Be proficient in consecutively and simultaneously interpreting and transliterating between American Sign Language and English across registers;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interpreting in various settings and fields such as education, mental health, medicine, law, social services and with varied clientele including individuals who are deaf and blind;
  • Identify the laws and legislations that regulate the field of American Sign Language-English interpreting;
  • Apply knowledge of the social, emotional, and political impact of an interpreter on interpreted events;
  • Obtain an entry-level position as an Interpreter of the Deaf.
General Education  Credits
  Written & Oral Communications (SPE 102 Required) 6
  Mathematics (MTH 107 or higher) 3
  Natural Science (BIO 103/104 recommended) 4
  Social Science (PSY 101 recommended 3
  Arts & Humanities (THR 101 recommended) 3
  Diversity (ASL 103 required) 3
  Total General Education Credits  22
Program Courses  Credits
ASL 104 Finger Spelling 3
ASL 203 Advanced American Sign Language I 3
ASL 204 Advanced American Sign Language II 3
IEP 111 Linguistics of American Sign Language 3
IEP 102 Introduction to Interpreting I 3
IEP 201 Introduction to Interpreting II 3
IEP 203 Discourse Analysis for Interpreters 3
IEP 204 Processing Skills 3
IEP 211 Interpreting Process Application in ASL to English 3
IEP 221 Interpreting Process Application in English to ASL 3
IEP 232 Transliteration 3
IEP 242 Practicum in Interpreting 3
  Total Program Credits  36
Electives  Credits
  ASL 201, ASL 202 recommended 6
  Total Elective Credits  6
  Total Credits Required for Degree 64