• American Sign Language - English Interpreting (915.2)
    Associate of Science


    See also American Sign Language (912.4).

    This program provides the solid foundation necessary to lead to an interpreting career. The educational philosophy of the ASUEnglish Interpreting program at CCAC centers on providing students with the superior language skills and ethical competencies needed by today’s interpreters. Interpreting is a diverse career, offering a wide variety of settings in which to work. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, predicts that job growth for interpreters and translators will increase 46% from 2012 through 2022 (much faster than average). Through foundational interpreting courses, observations in the field, and practicum placement, students become skilled professionals. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to sit for the Pennsylvania Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) and/or the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) written exam. Students holding a Bachelor’s degree would be permitted to sit for the NIC performance exam.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Interpret a wide variety of content in the K-12 and community settings.
    2. Apply interpreting skills to different professional settings including schools, businesses, medical offices, theatrical and community events.
    3. Denote the wide variety of clients with special needs who are also D/deaf and how their services may differ.
    4. Differentiate and investigate the legal and ethical aspects and responsibilities of the various requirements of interpreters in the varying settings.
    5. Define the occupational challenges and legislative issues facing interpreters today.

    Prior to the practicum requirement, students must be eligible for clearance through the Federal Criminal History Record (PA Act 114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (PA Act 34), Pennsylvania Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance Act (PA Act 151), sign a background check affidavit (PA Act 24), complete mandated reporter training (PA Act 126), and have a negative TB test. Practicum students will be required to meet local requirements of the practicum placement site.

    Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to seek provisional registration with the state for employment as an interpreter in the community, or as an educational interpreter upon taking the EIPA and scoring 3.5 or higher.

    Students may enter the program in three ways:

    1. Complete CCAC’s 20-credit American Sign Language certificate program;
    2. Earn a level 2+ or higher on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or:
    3. Pass a CCAC ASL proficiency exam, offered throughout the year.


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      Degree Requirements

      First Semester, Fall 1

      Course #Course NameCredits
      ASL-209Advanced ASL and Cognitive Processing 13
      ENG-101English Composition 13
      ITP-103Discourse Analysis and Translation4
      ITP-105Introduction to Interpreting3
      Total Credits: 13

      Second Semester

      Course #Course NameCredits
      ASL-210Advanced ASL and Cognitive Processing 23
      ENG-102English Composition 23
      ITP-104Consecutive Interpreting4
      ITP-200Linguistics of ASL and English3
      Total Credits: 13

      Third Semester

      Course #Course NameCredits
      ITP-112Service Learning4
      SPH-101Oral Communication3
      Total Credits: 7

      Fourth Semester

      Students should consult with an advisor when selecting a science elective
      Course #Course NameCredits
      ITP-206Ethics and Business of Interpreting4
      ITP-208Simultaneous Interpreting4
      ITP-211NIC and EIPA Test Preparation2
      -Science Elective3–4
      Total Credits: 13-14
      Students should consult with an advisor when selecting a science elective

      Fifth Semester

      Students should consult with an advisor when selecting a mathematics elective
      Course #Course NameCredits
      ITP-212Educational Interpreting4
      ITP-250Practicum and Portfolio4
      PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
      MATMathematics Elective3-4
      Total Credits: 14–15
      Students planning on interpreting for K-6 should register for MAT-107, Mathematics for Elementary Education; students planning on interpreting for 7-12 should register for MAT-108, Intermediate Algebra; and students planning on interpreting for the community should register for MAT-195, Business Mathematics.
      Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–62
  • Specialty Program - American Sign Language Interpreting Admission Information

    This program requires students to complete the CCAC American Sign Language Certificate or a CCAC American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency exam with a minimum level 2 score or American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) minimum level 2 score. Click on the attached for admission information, including entrance exam dates..

  • Academic Program Update ASL 915.2

    American Sign Language—Interpreting (915.1) changes to American Sign Language English Interpreting (915.2) as of the Fall 2016 semester. Students already enrolled in program 915.1 may complete the current program or move to the new 915.2.To review program 915.1 requirements, see the  graduation checksheet page. Students should discuss these options with their advisors.