The ASL/English Interpreting I Post-Bac Proficiency Certificate is designed for students who already possess a baccalaureate degree in any discipline and want to learn American Sign Language and the culture of the American Deaf community in order to pursue becoming an ASL/English interpreter.
The ASL/English Interpreting I Post-Bac Proficiency Certificate is the first of a two-part certificate and does not prepare one to work as an interpreter alone. Instead, the ASL/English Interpreting I certificate provides foundational language and cultural skills and prerequisite courses for the next-level ASL/English Interpreting II Post-Bac proficiency certificate. The completion of both proficiency certificates prepares students to work as professional interpreters with Deaf individuals by providing the necessary language and cultural skills needed to be interpreters. The goal of the ASL/English interpreter is to make communication as complete and equal as possible for both Deaf and non-deaf participants by accurately conveying the thoughts, feelings, words, attitudes and meanings of the message, whether it is expressed in spoken English, American Sign Language (ASL), or other forms of signed communication. Thus, interpreters must be bilingual, skilled in both English and ASL, and bicultural, knowledgeable about the cultures of both Deaf and non-deaf people.
For this reason, the ASL/English Interpreting I Post-Bac Proficiency Certificate lays a foundation for developing these communication skills by covering a variety of subject areas, including ASL courses, Deaf culture, structure of ASL, and comparative English and ASL, with an introduction to professional practices and ethics, the theory of interpreting processes, and guided skill development in ASL with diagnostic feedback. The ASL lab offers practice opportunities in both video and digital formats in a small group, supportive environment.
In addition to traditional classroom lectures and laboratory activities, the curriculum utilizes hands-on experience through fieldwork, guest lectures, observations and internships. Cooperative relationships with professional and community agencies and organizations are maintained to provide opportunities for networking and interaction with the Deaf community.