Dec 05, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

American Sign Language/English Interpreting: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 70 credits

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, David Davenport
Assistant Professors - Duane Kinner

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 (EIPA) to work as a professional interpreter. The ASL/English Interpreter Education Program will prepare students to test for Utah Interpreter Certification, Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment and/or the National Interpreter Certification. To sit for the National Interpreter Certification candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (in any field) or 120 college credits. At this time, Utah Interpreter Certification and the EIPA do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Career Opportunities
Career opportunities are available in a variety of settings and fields, including education, social services, religion, government, business, performing arts, mental health, medical and legal settings, and more.

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. Students who complete the AAS in ASL/English Interpreting can decide to pursue a BS degree at USU, which has a special agreement with the ASL/I Program. See an Academic Advisor for ASL as SLCC has identified a number of good transfer and pathway options.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $700
Supplies: $50
Program/Course fee: $40.00
Other: $150 GoReact (An online video recording tool)

Estimated Time to Completion
Once accepted into the program, if students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is five semesters, based on a full-time minimum of 12 credits per semester (except for the summer semester). Less than 12 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

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, 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

Students will demonstrate broad general knowledge in many diverse fields in order to interpret in
varied work environments.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Students will 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

Students will 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

Students will have completed in-depth internship experiences.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

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

1, 2, 4

Students will be prepared to take the state and/or national certification (Utah Certification, EIPA, NIC).

1, 2, 5, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 2 courses

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

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

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

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)

Elective Courses

Optional elective courses.

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 , INTR 1110 , and INTR 2100  have been designated as a service learning courses.