Hands-on, experiential learningSign Language Interpreting is a practice profession. This means you'll learn by performing the work. You will be supported on your journey by instructors, and a variety of other professionals, who have extensive experience in the field.
Classroom learning, supervised fieldwork and immersion experiences provide you with opportunities to hone and practice your ASL skills and become a qualified ASL interpreter.
This is a full-time, 2-year diploma program. Your interpreter course work is sequenced for you to build on skills and knowledge. So, you'll need to demonstrate competency before you move on in the program. You'll finish with a 12-week internship, 6 weeks each in a community and an educational setting.
You'll need more than ASL skills to be successful as an interpreter. As a graduate you will be equipped with entry level interpreting skills. Your knowledge and skills will include:
- advanced ASL, ASL varieties and topics
- differences in linguistic structure of English and ASL
- professional practice knowledge and skill
- ethics and critical thinking
- interpreting practice
- working with the deaf community in a variety of settings