Feb 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

American Sign Language/English Interpreting: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 70 credits minimum

Humanities, Language and Culture Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information
(801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4642
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor AAB 237B, (801) 957-3866

Associate Dean
Dr. Paul Allen

Program Faculty
Assistant Professors − Connie Spanton-Jex, 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.

Program Entry Requirements
In accordance with SLCC admissions requirements, students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent before matriculating into the ASL/English Interpreting program.

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.

Total Program/Course Fees

Estimated Cost for Students

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

Specialized Accreditation
SLCC is currently seeking accreditation from the Collegiate Council on Interpreter Education (CCIE).

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
1. Students will demonstrate broad general knowledge in many diverse fields in order to interpret in varied work environments. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
2. 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
3. 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
4. Students will have completed in-depth internship experiences. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
5. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to interpreting work to enhance language fluency. 2, 4
6. Students will obtain state and/or national certification (Utah Certification, EIPA, NIC). 1, 2, 5, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) from the Following

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

Institutional Requirements

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas

Complete the following Interdisciplinary/Diversity (ID/DV) course:

Choose One Course (Three Credit Hours) from each of the Following Distribution Areas

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4 cr
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4 cr
Humanities (HU)   3 cr
Physical Science (PS)   3 cr
Social Science (SS)   3 cr

Sample Schedule

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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