Preparation for a Career as a Communicator
Designed for those with a bachelor's degree in any field, the Interpreting I proficiency certificate introduces you to American Sign Language and the culture of the American Deaf community. The first of a two-part certificate, this program will help you work toward becoming an ASL/English interpreter.
Through your coursework, you will learn about cultural and historical perspectives of the deaf community in America, professional practices and ethics, and the theory of interpreting processes. A multimedia language and interpreting lab with video, digital and computer technology allows you to record and watch your ASL and interpreting skills. Fieldwork, observations and guest lecturers offer you the hands-on experience necessary for academic and career success.
The goal of an ASL/English interpreter is to make communication as complete and equal as possible for both Deaf and nondeaf participants. Interpreters accurately convey the thoughts, feelings, words, attitudes and meanings of the message, whether it is expressed in spoken English, ASL or other forms of signed communication.
Successful completion of this program enables you to enroll in the ASL/English Interpreting II proficiency certificate.