Online BA: ASL-English Interpretation
The UNC DO IT Center's American Sign Language-English Interpretation program is an accredited online (with summer onsite requirements), 11-semester, baccalaureate degree program that prepares majors to provide competent interpreting services between individuals who are deaf and use ASL as their primary means of communication and individuals who are not deaf and do not know sign language.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
This Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language-English Interpretation is designed as a comprehensive 4-year degree program for an individual who is starting at the beginning of his/her academic work with the goal of becoming a highly qualified interpreter. The field of interpreter education, however, is currently housed primarily in two-year institutions of higher education and therefore many individuals are looking for avenues to build on their two-year degrees and earn their BA. Additionally, some individuals have gained professional credentials through various life experiences, and are now looking to achieve their academic credentials. Every effort will be made to support such academic goals.
- 2 years of ASL as a foreign language in high school or
- ASL 1-4 on a college transcript and/or
- Life experience
- A Deaf culture course may also be helpful depending on how ASL competencies are acquired.
NOTE: If ASL 1-4 are successfully completed at an accredited institution of higher education, 6 semester hours may be used to satisfy UNC liberal arts core requirements.
WHY CHOOSE THE UNC ASLEI PROGRAM?
The ASL-English Interpretation program is unique in two primary ways: a) it has been initially designed for the purpose of preparing confident interpreter candidates to achieve national certification and to enter the profession as a competent, autonomous practitioner based on the newest research available with input from multiple, expert sources, and b) it has been designed for distance delivery to impact the national need for highly qualified ASL-English interpreters.
This degree program:
- Is a CCIE accredited interpreter training program
- Is based on a state-of-the-art curriculum designed with input from national experts in the field.
- Addresses 34 competencies distributed over five domains necessary to become a competent and autonomous practitioner.
- Has developed three emphasis areas, e.g., community, educational, legal.
- Has a nationally recognized instructional staff that includes both deaf and hearing members.
- Prepares graduates to confidently approach a national evaluation system within approximately 12 months of program completion.