Jun 14, 2024  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog 

American Sign Language/English Interpreting: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 70 credits minimum

Humanities, Languages, Culture, and ASL/I Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information
Program Information 801-957-4642
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Professor - Connie Spanton-Jex
Assistant Professors - Duane Kinner, David Davenport

Program Description
The ASL/English Interpreting program is designed to prepare new and returning students for state and national certification testing. Obtaining certification can lead to employment in the rapidly expanding and rewarding field of ASL/English Interpreting. After successful completion of the program, students must apply for and pass the Utah State Interpreter Certification exam, National Interpreter Certification and/or the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment to work as a professional interpreter. The ASL/English Interpreter Education Program will prepare students to test for the Utah Professional Certification, National Interpreter Certification and/or the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment. As of July 1, 2012, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (in any field) or 120 college credits to sit for the National Interpreter Certification exam. Utah Professional Certification and Educational Interpreter Certification do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer/Articulation Information
While an AAS is typically a terminal degree, graduates of SLCC’s ASL/English Interpreting program can continue their studies at a four-year institution by completing that institution’s residency and upper-division requirements because they have completed their entire general education core at SLCC. SLCC has identified a number of good transfer options. The academic advisor for ASL can explain options.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Program/Course fee: $60.00

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is five semesters.

Program Entry Requirements
Entrance into the ASL English Interpreting program is selective and requires prerequisites and an application.  To apply for the program students must complete the following courses:

For each of these courses, students must receive a grade of “B-” or better and the ASL courses must have been completed within the past two years. For application information, please see the website http://www.slcc.edu/asl/index.aspx, contact the ASL Department or the ASL Academic Advisor.

Licensure Information
Graduation from the American Sign Language/English Interpreting AAS program does not guarantee the ability to obtain a Utah state certification to practice as an ASL/English Interpreter. Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of each state.  In order to work as an ASL/English Interpreter, students must satisfy individual state requirements, independent of SLCC graduation requirements. It is highly recommended that students consult in advance with the Utah Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH), or similar agencies in other states, to find out more about eligibility for certification. Find out more at the DSDHH website.

If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Demonstrate broad general knowledge in many diverse fields in order to interpret in varied work environments.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Sufficiently master program-specific, professional knowledge and demonstrate proficiency by discussing historical, linguistic and cultural issues as well as professional standards and roles for an ASL/English Interpreter.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Sufficiently master program-specific, professional education competencies and demonstrate proficiency by effectively interpreting from ASL to English and English to ASL.

1, 2, 4, 5

Completed in-depth internship experiences.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to interpreting work to enhance language fluency.

2, 4

Obtain state and/or national certification (Utah Certification, EIPA, NIC).

1, 2, 5, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) Choose One Course (3 Credits) from the Following

Institutional Requirements

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)

Additional Program Notes

All ASL/English Interpreting coursework must be completed with a “B-” grade or better. A student receiving a grade of C+ or lower will not be allowed to continue the program. For more information contact Connie Spanton- Jex at (801) 957-4642. INTR 1100  and INTR 1110  have been designated as a service learning course.

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