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ASL/English Interpreter Education (AA) American Sign Language Total Units: 52
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Term Effective: Summer 2007


The American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreter Education Program provides students with rigorous preparation for ASL/English interpreting. Current models of theory and practice are taught, practiced, and later applied so that interpreter practitioners can function effectively as an interpreter upon program completion. Our focus is the working adult who is already fluent in both languages, English and American Sign Language. This is a three-year part-time evening program. Upon completion of this program, students can expect entry-level job capabilities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Interpret between American Sign Language and English effectively for deaf consumers across diverse settings;
  2. adhere to the code of professional conduct (CPC) as set forth by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the national certifying body and the standards set forth by the NCIEC (National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers); and
  3. demonstrate cross cultural sensitivity in the process of interpreting.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the ASL/English Interpreter Education (AA) program are:

  • Complete 52 units from
    • ASL/English Interpreter Education Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

ASL/English Interpreter Education Requirements - complete 51.00 units
ASL 130Introduction to the Sign Language Interpreting Profession3.00
ASL 131Pre-Interpreting Skills for Interpreters4.00
ASL 132Comparative Linguistics ASL/English3.00
ASL 133Ethics and Decision Making for Interpreters4.00
ASL 134Consecutive Interpreting I4.00
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00
LIR 110Finding and Using Information1.00

Term Effective: Summer 2007

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2010

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


American Sign Language English Interpreter Education Program

Uniqueness of Our Program

Welcome deaf and hearing and coda interpreter students. Nationwide, only a handful of Interpreter Education programs serve Deaf interpreters. We are one of the first in the country here at SRJC. The focus is on training Deaf interpreters working in conjunction with hearing interpreters in a linguistically rich classroom environment is one of the highlights of our program. Our classes are conducted in ASL.
  • Local K-12 interpreters can access high quality training
  • Part-time evening program
  • Specialized Training: Video Relay, Theatre Interpreting
  • We have 1 of only 3 PhD's graduated from Gallaudet University with a specialization in ASL Linguistics (Adjunct)

Program Practicum Aspect

In conjunction with Disability Resources Department (DRD) to fill SRJC's need for Interpreter Services on campus.

California Department of Education Special Legislation

  • A large percentage of deaf children are mainstreamed in public school settings or go to state schools for the Deaf
  • Deaf populations are being underserved by "sign language interpreters" who have little or no training
  • All educational interpreters working in K-12 environments must seek professional training by January 2007

Other Markets in which Interpreters Work

  • Medical
  • Legal
  • Corporate
  • Video Relay Services (VRS)
  • Theatrical

Phone Email Website
(707) 521-6912