Lauri Metcalf, Chairperson
NTC 114, 210-486-1106
The Department of American Sign Language/Interpreter Training in cooperation with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, engages in the promotion of awareness and understanding of the culture and language of persons who are Deaf. The department strives to provide an environment where students become fully prepared to work as interpreters and support providers for members of this unique population.
The Department of American Sign Language/Interpreter Training offers classes to those individuals interested in:
- Obtaining foreign language credit.
- Pursuing an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in:
- American Sign Language/Sign Language Interpreter.
- American Sign Language/Deaf Support Specialist.
- Pursuing an Associate of Arts (AA) Degree with a concentration in American Sign Language.
- Acquiring information regarding American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.
Whether pursuing an AAS or AA Degree, students are required to consult with departmental staff before registering for any American Sign Language class. Students should check with their four-year school of choice for a list of specific courses that will transfer as well as the school’s policy regarding acceptance of American Sign Language for foreign language credit. If you have not taken an ASL course in the last 3 years, you may be required to take a placement exam.
Students are encouraged to take classes in the recommended order. Course prerequisites are in place to protect the student and to ensure a certain level of proficiency. The ASL/IT department has a spiraling curriculum. Each student’s personal situation and individual characteristics, including motivation and learning style, will determine the time frame to complete the program. American Sign Language is used exclusively in the classes. Very little, if any, spoken English is used for instructional purposes. Many classes require additional lab hours.
The AAS Degree in American Sign Language, Sign Language Interpreter, is comprised of a combination of technical and general education courses. The degree requires 70 to 72 semester hours of designated coursework. Students must pass a mid-program evaluation, the State Certification Basic Exam, as well as a program exit evaluation in order to complete degree requirements. Students are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in all program course work. The program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the field of sign language interpreting.
One Enhanced Skills Certificates is also offered. To be eligible for the Enhanced Skills Certificate, the student must be a certified interpreter or have completed an accredited Interpreter Training Program.
Programs and Courses - American Sign Language / Interpreter Training
American Sign Language / Interpreter Training
Associate of Arts
Associate of Applied Science
Enhanced Skills Certificate