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Sign Language Interpretation Curriculum


Students who wish to pursue a degree to become an interpreter for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing take a 72 credit hour Associate in Science Degree program, including 18 credit hours of General Education courses. This sequenced A.S. Degree provides training in communication models and processes, American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, interpreting ethics, and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a variety of interpreting situations.

There is also a strong sociolinguistic component to the program, with courses in Speech Pathology and Audiology, linguistics of ASL and the social and educational aspects of hearing loss. For a complete list of program requirements, see the following recommended sequence of courses.

NOTE: During Educational Interpreting, Practicum and/or Internship courses of the Sign Language Interpretation Program students will often be observing interpreters working with or doing internship hours with entities that require students submit to being fingerprinted; which may include a background check.


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Required Sequence of Core Program Courses:

All program courses must be passed with a “C” or better to move forward in the program.

ASL 1140 “C” and ASL 1150 “C” must be taken before any of the other program courses can be taken. The credits are included in the 72 credit total . Non- program students can use ASL 1140 “C” and ASL 1150 “C” as foreign language credits.

ASL1140 “C” American Sign Language I 4
ASL 1150 “C” American Sign Language II 4
 ENC 1101  Freshman English I 3
 ENC 1102  Freshman English II 3



Fall Term - Year One




ASL 2160 “C”

American Sign Language III 4
ASL 1510 Introduction to Deaf Culture 3
ASL 1430 Fingerspelling 2
SPA 2001 Survey of Communications Disorders 3



Spring Term - Year One

ASL 2210”C” American Sign Language IV 4
ASL 1300”C” Applied Linguistics of ASL (C) 4
INT 2200 Interactive Interpreting I 3
INT 2200 L Interactive Interpreting I Lab 2
INT 2930 Interpreting Topics 2



Summer Terms I & II [combined ten (10) week term] – Year One

INT 2130 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics 3
INT 2210 L Interactive Transliterating (lab only) 2



Fall Term - Year Two

INT 1941 Interpreting Practicum 2
INT 2201 L Interactive Interpreting II Lab 3
INT 2400 Educational Interpreting 2
INT 2400 L Educational Interpreting Lab 1
INT 2231 L ASL – to – Spoken English 3



Spring Term - Year Two

INT 2942 Interpreting Internship 3


 It is strongly suggested that students take as many of the general education requirements as possible during the two semesters required for ASL 1140 C and ASL 1150 C.

The program courses are sequenced and it is strongly recommended and often dictated by prerequisites that they be taken in the sequence indicated to complete the program in the two- year time frame.

Program courses are only offered during the semesters indicated above. If a student gets “out of sequence” it could delay graduation a full year waiting for the course to be offered again.



General Education Requirements (18 credits) – as many as possible should be taken while taking ASL I and II)

### #### Humanities Elective (3cr)
### #### Any General Education Natural Science (3cr)
### #### Specified General Education Social Science [Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology] (3cr)

### #### Mathematics General Education (3cr)

Students must pass all program and general education courses with a “C” or better to graduate with a degree in Sign Language Interpretation.


Students who complete the A.S. degree may be prepared to take the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) upon graduation. Students who complete the A.S. degree will need to complete an additional bridge of 18 credits in general education to be eligible for transfer into the Interpreter Training B. A. program at the University of South Florida and/or the ASL/English Interpreting program at the University of North Florida.

Several of the A.S. degree courses also satisfy the pre-requisite courses for the bachelor’s programs in interpreting in and out of state.


This page last updated June 5, 2014 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu