Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Major in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Students admitted to the Interpreting program must have a 2.75 GPA on all coursework. All courses in Area F and major courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. If a student’s GPA falls below 2.75, the student will have one semester (fall or spring) to restore it to or above 2.75. If the GPA remains below 2.75 for two consecutive semesters (not including summer), the student will be required to select another major.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

American Sign Language courses taken at other institutions may be accepted for credit pending successful documentation of intermediate sign language proficiency on an approved external evaluation.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Students in interpreter education programs demonstrate knowledge of the content relevant to the interpreting field and can explain important principles and concepts delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards.
  2. Students in interpreter education programs integrate academic, linguistic, and world knowledge during interpretations using appropriate cultural adjustments while managing internal and external factors and processes in a manner that results in accurate and reliable interpretations.
  3. Students in interpreter education programs demonstrate planning skills in preparing for assignments and flexibility in adapting to changes that arise during assignments.
  4. Students in interpreter education programs negotiate meaning between English and ASL while interpreting in a manner that conforms to recognized linguistic, cultural, and professional norms of the speaker(s).
  5. Students in interpreter education programs analyze interpreting research findings and incorporate new information into their practice.

The departmental faculty members assess the desired learner outcomes for this program by using a variety of techniques. Examples of summative assessments in addition to course evaluations include the following:

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Students in interpreter education programs will demonstrate content knowledge through effective research presentations and passing external knowledge examinations.
  2. Students in interpreter education programs will demonstrate skills in determining appropriate language mode, preparation for interpreting, professional and ethical decision-making, self-assessment, and monitoring and modifying the message as necessary during observed interpreting episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and mentor interpreter.
  3. Students in interpreter education programs will demonstrate their ability to effectively interpret in educational settings through a Mock Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment.

Requirements for the B.S.Ed. with a Major in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Area F Requirements
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
ASLS 2110American Sign Language I3
ASLS 2120American Sign Language II3
INTP 2998Entry into the Profession0
Guided Elective3
All courses in Area F must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000
KSPE 2150
Health and Wellness for Life
and First Aid - CPR
4
Select two KSPE Fitness/Activity Courses2
Professional Education60
ASLS 3170American Sign Language III3
DEAF 3100Orientation to Deaf Education & Language Learning3
INTP 3010Introduction to ASL - English Interpretation3
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
ASLS 3190Fingerspelling, Numbers, & Classifiers3
ASLS 3180American Sign Language IV3
DEAF 3150Deaf Community, Culture, & History3
DEAF 3120Learning, Cognition, and Social Development in Deaf Children3
ASLS 3140Linguistics of American Sign Language3
INTP 3150English - ASL Translation3
INTP 4010Consecutive English/American Sign Language Interpreting4
INTP 4020Consecutive American Sign Language/English Interpreting4
INTP 4030Consecutive Transliterating English to English Sign Systems3
INTP 4040Practicum for Educational Interpreters4
INTP 4050Simultaneous English/American Sign Language Interpreting I3
INTP 4060Simultaneous American Sign Language Interpreting/English3
INTP 4070Simultaneous Transliterating English to English Sign Systems3
INTP 4080Educational Interpreting Internship6
Total hours required for the degree126