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Communications Department

Associate in Science

Sign Language Interpretation

INTRP-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2014 (480)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2014 (480), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Joseph Leopold, Dean, (727) 341-3719

Program Summary

***THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING STUDENTS. LAST ADMISSION TERM IS FALL 2017 (0535)***

The Sign Language Interpretation Program is designed to provide students with advanced sign language skills, understanding of Deaf Culture, knowledge of the interpreter's role and continuous skill development in order to prepare students for the profession of sign language interpreting. Professional interpreters provide a link between deaf and hearing individuals in a variety of situations, including educational, religious, medical and mental health institutions as well as Video Relay Service settings. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures an increase in part-time and full-time positions available for credentialed interpreters who have initiative and ability.

Students who successfully complete the program in interpreter training at St. Petersburg College will earn an Associate in Science degree. Graduates are encouraged to prepare for the National Interpreting Certification and/or the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (see Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf/Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) to obtain credentials necessary for employment. In addition, the Sign Language Interpreting program, based primarily at the Clearwater Campus, offers opportunities for student trainees to experience Deaf Culture though interaction with deaf faculty and deaf tutors on campus in the American Sign Language lab.

This program has been developed with guidelines from the following agencies: 1) Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf; 2) National Association of the Deaf;
American Sign Language Teachers' Association, National Technical Institute for the Deaf; 3) Conference of Interpreter Trainers, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Department of Rehabilitation.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1713100301:

Federal CIP Code

13.1003: Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness.


Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all support and major courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Literature

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition II/Literature coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Ethics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Psychology/Sociology Course (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social/Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
General Psychology
3
Honors General Psychology
3
Introductory Sociology
3

SUPPORT COURSES
Sign Language (Complete 22 credits)

Introduction to Deaf Culture
3
Basic American Sign Language with Lab
4
Intermediate American Sign Language with Lab
4
Advanced American Sign Language with Lab
4
Structure of American Sign Language
3
American Sign Language IV with Lab
4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 29 credits

Fundamentals of Interpreting
2
Fundamentals Lab
2
Interactive Interpreting
3
Intermediate Interpreting
2
Voicing I
3
Voicing II
3
Issues in Educational Interpreting
2
Interpreting Specialized Topics
3
Introduction to Interpreting
3
Interpreting Internship
4
Transliterating
2
72
Total Credits