American Sign Language Interpreting
The American Sign Language Certificate (ASL) requires 21 credits and provides the language and cultural foundation for competency in American Sign Language as well as preparation for the certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting. This certificate does not have a selective admissions process. You can simply follow the course sequence provided in this packet. Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply for selective enrollment in the American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate or Degree option.
The American Sign Language Interpreting Advanced Certificate (ASLI) requires 24 credits and provides instruction in communication models and processes of American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a wide range of situations. This is a selective admissions program. Students will need to be officially admitted to this program. The American Sign Language Interpreter Advanced Certificate program is recommended for those who students who hold an Associate's Degree or higher. This program is considered a full-time program if taking 12+ credit hours per semester. Successful completion of this certificate or degree program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois. In order to take the National Interpreting Certificate (NIC) Exam, completion of a Bachelor's Degree is required. For more details regarding certification examinations, please visit www.RID.org.
The American Sign Language Interpreter (AAS) degree (ASLI) will prepare students for a career working as a sign language interpreter for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This degree combines both the certificate in American Sign Language proficiency, as well as the certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting and provides instruction in communication models and processes of American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding, and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a wide range of situations. Successful completion of this program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois and national accrediting agencies. This is a selective admissions program. Students must be officially admitted to this full-time program.
Students who are employed may need scheduling accommodations from their employer since specific class times cannot be guaranteed. Applicants are also advised that the ASLI program follows a rigorous curriculum, requiring serious student memorization, practical application of theory, and coursework. Taking personal time off (i.e. vacations) outside scheduled breaks is strongly discouraged and may affect program continuation or a student's ability to complete the program as scheduled.
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