American Sign Language


 

DEGREE: ASSOCIATE OF ARTS
DIVISION: COMMUNICATION

ASL Faculty

Leslie Knowles, Program Coordinator

lknowl@dcc.edu

Jacqueline Desjardins

jdesjar@dcc.edu

 Arthine Powers                                                                  apowe@dcc.edu

The American Sign Language Studies program utilizes a sociolinguistic and cultural approach to the instruction of sign language. This approach best models the language used both formally and informally by the Deaf community and is incorporated into all educational components of the ASLS curriculum. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in American Sign Language Interpreting provides academic instruction in the field of sign language interpreting. The program prepares interpreters to work in a variety of entry level settings with a diverse population. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared to sit for the national certification knowledge examination and to seek advanced degrees.

National Certification Degree Requirements: In 2003, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) established the following degree requirements: all test candidates must have a degree from an accredited institution to stand for any performance exam. RID established the following timeline:

  • Hearing candidates: Associate degree-effective July 1, 2009; Bachelor degree-effective July 1, 2012
  • Deaf candidates: Associate degree-effective July 1, 2012; Bachelor degree-effective July 1, 2016

 

Pre-requisite


Required grade of “C” or higher.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS


See General Education Requirements, for approved Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science courses.

* Three hours must be at the 200 level or above.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 66