Welcome to the UNC-DO IT Center
Welcome! I’m delighted you stopped by the UNC-DO IT Center. The Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center recognizes the right of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to equal communication access and, therefore, our mission is to deliver quality instruction that prepares qualified interpreters. The need for highly qualified interpreters is well documented – from the classroom to the courtroom, from the doctor’s office to the Social Security office, from a Video Relay Service Center to a Workforce Center – an interpreter might be needed anywhere for a Deaf or hard of hearing person to fully engaged in the different venues of society.
ASL-English Interpretation Program (ASLEI)
- Our CCIE accredited pre-service baccalaureate program (ASLEI) is designed for online delivery during the fall and spring semesters with one-month onsite sessions each summer. This state of the art curriculum, delivered to students throughout North America, is facilitated by a nationally recognized teaching staff. In addition, there are scholarships currently available for eligible candidates through a grant award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (2010-2014: H325K100234).
Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center (MARIE)
- The Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education (MARIE) Center (2010-2015: H160A100007) is housed here and it offers a variety of in-service training events. Working as a member of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC) to increase the quality and quantity of interpreter services and interpreter education, the MARIE region covers 11 states – basically the middle of the United States from Canadian to Mexican borders!
Master of Arts in Teaching American Sign Language
- The Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) Program is a distance delivered master's degree with required onsite summer sessions which prepares instructors to teach American Sign Language (ASL) in a number of settings including secondary and post-secondary settings. The focus of this program is on pedagogical coursework as applicable to teaching ASL as a foreign or as a moden language, not learning or mastering ASL. Therefore, students must demonstrate ASL proficiency prior to acceptance into the program.
If ASL-English interpreting sounds like a fulfilling career and if you are a life-long learner, you are at the right place! Please look around the UNC-DO IT Center site to see how we might serve you.
Dr. Leilani J. Johnson, Director