Degree Programs

Educational Sign Language Interpretation AAS

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This program provides a solid foundation of the theory and skill sets required for Sign Language Interpreters, as entry level Interpreters, or preparation readiness for practitioners seeking to sit for National Level Certification Exams. This Program is founded on Best Practice for Sign Language Interpreters working in the K-12 and postsecondary educational setting, as well as providing a template for application of skills to a variety of interpreted settings. Completion of this program, which an includes internship in a realistic working environment for interpreters, will provide comprehensive knowledge and practice for students desiring to continue their education in this field.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To provide students with the knowledge they need for employment in educational interpretation
  • Graduates will secure employment in a Pre-K –12 and /or post-secondary educational setting, within one year of completing their degree
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and principles regarding interpreting in an educational setting
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and principles of Sign Language interpreting as it relates to an educational setting
  • Demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language
  • Explain the criteria for abuse and neglect and the reporting process
  • Explain the factors associated with violence in the schools and the prevention of violence in a school setting
  • Obtain the certifications in Child Abuse and Neglect and in Violence Prevention
Goal 2 To provide students with the skills they need for employment in educational interpreting
  • Demonstrate competence in using skills in interpreting such as: receptive and expressive skills, analysis and interpretation of the macrostructure and microstructure of academic texts, translation of frozen texts, an introduction to team interpreting, and production of transliterations which are appropriate for contact language situations, apply text analysis skills to the simultaneous English to ASL and ASL to English interpreting tasks, apply the principles of diagnostic feedback, affect equivalency between source and target languages, is text analysis and consecutively producing an equivalent message in the targeted language, interpreting management strategies for ASL to spoken English interpreting and spoken English to ASL interpreting
  • Demonstrate behaviors that indicate cultural awareness and respect for the inherent worth, dignity and self-determination of individuals in the population
Goal 3 To provide students with an opportunity to communicate in professional and academic environments
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in academic and professional settings
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of professional ethics and behaviors
Goal 4 To provide students with an understanding of the process and methods of social science research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of scientific methods of social science research used in this field
Goal 5 To prepare students for transfer to related bachelors programs
  • Graduates will transfer with full junior level status
  • Graduates will maintain or improve their GPA at the transfer institution
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
5.0
EI101 Intro to Educ. Interpreting
This course provides an overview of the history and current status of education and educational interpreting throughout the United States. Content includes the role, practices, and skills of educators and educational interpreters in K-12 settings; philosophies of teaching, learning and assessment; communication systems; pertinent laws and regulations; resources, information, and strategies for consumer awareness and education; administrative practices and personnel structure of school systems; assessment and management of educators and educational interpreters; and topics that concern educators and educational interpreters. Corequisite:AL201 American Sign Language 3 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AL201 American Sign Language 3
This course covers an increased number of specialized vocabulary terms and an expansion of grammatical features. The skills of accurately producing finger spelling, numbers, classifiers, and non-manual markers are included during practice and spontaneous conversations. Conversation structure in ASL is taught as a part of ASL discourse. A minimum of twenty-five hours of participation in the Deaf community is required. Prerequisite: Specific score on ASL Proficiency Test, Level 2. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED211 Intro to Exceptionalities
This course provides an overview of the education of children and adolescents with exceptionalities, focusing on those with disabilities and those with giftedness. Topics include the historical, philosophical and legal foundations of special education and other exceptionalities and their prevalence, causes, and characteristics. Educational modifications, accommodations, and teaching strategies for general and specific classrooms are addressed. Current issues and trends educating children with exceptionalities are explored. A minimum of fifteen hours of observations in a special education setting must be completed. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education or EI101 Introduction to Education and Educational Interpreting; and ED205 Child Development or PY212 Adolescent Psychology. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AL202 American Sign Language 4
This last course in the ASL series for interpreting students builds upon the foundation of the previous courses. Specialized vocabulary and the basic ASL discourse structure for a presentation are covered. Vocabulary, structural principles, and linguistic principles related to narratives of ASL are expanded and applied. Multiple meaning English words and English idioms for expressing concepts in ASL are analyzed. Linguistic principles and discourse features to develop and create ASL narratives are incorporated. Issues related to the Deaf culture are introduced based on topics in each unit. A minimum of forty hours of participation in the Deaf community is required. Prerequisite: Specific score on ASL Proficiency Test, Level 3. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
EI120 Proc Skill and Discrs Analysis
This course introduces the mental processing skills (pre-interpreting skills) of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation and an in-depth look at the interpreter as a bicultural/bilingual mediator. It includes an overview of the theoretical models of interpretation, skill development activities, and practice activities. Interpreting theory, visualization, listening and comprehension, shadowing, paraphrasing, abstracting, dual task training, text analysis, cloze skills, and translation are included. A focus is presented on the interpreters communicative competence. It includes a study of conversational exchanges in English and ASL. Prerequisite: EI101 Introduction to Education and Educational Interpreting with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: AL202 American Sign Language 4. See when this course is offered ...
MA Mathematics Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
4.0
EI201 Intro to Consec Interpreting
This course develops the ability to produce an equivalent spoken English message from an ASL source message and an equivalent ASL message from a spoken English source message. It focuses on text analysis and consecutively producing an equivalent message in the targeted language. Content includes management strategies for ASL to spoken English interpreting and spoken English to ASL interpreting. Prerequisite: EI120 Processing Skills and Discourse Analysis with a grade of C or better and AL202 American Sign Language 4. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO210 Deaf Culture & Community
This course introduces aspects of deaf culture and the deaf community. The distinctions between the two are reviewed and characteristics of both are identified. The language, norms of behavior, values, traditions and possessions (materials) of the deaf are covered. The evolution of a pathological view of the deaf to a cultural one is analyzed from a historical and sociological perspective. Intercultural issues relating to the role of hearing people within the deaf community are covered. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EI250 Practcl & Ethcl Appl of Interp
This course covers the underlying principles of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics and application of the Code of Ethics to the various situations and settings in which sign language interpreters work. It explores how professional interpreters apply these principles in their daily work and how deaf consumers perceive the ethical role and function of interpreters. In addition to ethical considerations, etiquette and protocol for each setting are discussed. Settings include K-12, post-secondary, religious, medical, mental health, deaf-blind, performing arts, business and industry, and vocational rehabilitation. Prerequisite: AL202 American Sign Language 4 with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: SO210 Deaf Culture and Community. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED205 Child Development
This course examines children’s physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development from pre-natal to age twelve. Topics include childhood development theories and research, the recognition and understanding of significant child behaviors, the role of parenting and culture, the role of the teacher, influence of peers, and play. Students must complete a 15-hour child observation in a daycare setting, observing both infants/toddlers and preschool children. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
Natural Science Elective 4cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
4.0
EI202 Interpreting 2: Simultaneous
This course continues to develop the ability to produce an equivalent ASL message from a spoken English source message using simultaneous interpreting strategies. Specific discipline areas are addressed. The ability to apply text analysis skills to the simultaneous English to ASL and ASL to English interpreting tasks is covered, along with the ability to apply the principles of diagnostic feedback. One emphasis area includes affect equivalency between source and target languages. Prerequisite: EI201 Interpreting 1: Consecutive with a grade of C or better. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EI205 Transliteration
This course introduces the task of sign language transliteration. It covers the ability to translate simultaneous from a spoken English message into an equivalent signed message while retaining English features. The focus is on transliterating in Pre-K - 12 grade educational settings. Topics include analysis and interpretation of the macrostructure and microstructure of academic texts, transliteration of frozen texts, an introduction to team interpreting, and production of transliterations appropriate for contact language situations. Corequisites: EI202 Interpreting 2: Simultaneous & EI250 Practical and Ethical Applications of Interpretation. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EI251 Interpreting Practicum
This course comprises a practicum placement under the immediate supervision of a professional interpreter who functions as the mentor, and the general supervision of the instructor. It involves activities such as observing the mentor and a variety of interpreters at work; preparing videotapes for mentor critique; interpreting under mentor supervision; interpreting independently and meeting weekly with the mentor to discuss the practicum experience. Weekly meetings share observations and experiences gained from the practicum placement. class discussions focus on linguistic issues in interpretation, ethical dilemmas, situational concerns, and problem-solving. This field experience requires a minimum of 90 hours. Prerequisite: The following courses with a grade of C or better and with a GPA of 2.5: EI201 Interpreting 1: Consecutive; EI250 Practical and Ethical Applications of Interpretation; SO210 Deaf Culture and Community. Corequisite: EI202 Interpreting 2: Simultaneous and EI205 Transliteration. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED206 Language & Literacy in Chldhd
This course studies acquisition of language and literacy from birth through age eight, including theories of acquisition, the components of language, development milestones, atypical development, and ESL. Methods are covered for teaching literacy to children from infants through intermediate grades, including learning to read and write, phonics, whole language other techniques, and integrating literacy into the whole curriculum. Topics include children’s literature and how it can be used in the classroom and curriculum. A minimum of ten hours of observation is required, five in a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) classroom and five hours in a primary grade classroom. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education or EI101 Introduction to Education and Educational Interpreting; and either ED205 Child Development or PY202 Childhood and Adolescence or PY212 Adolescent Psychology. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
1.0
ED151 Prev/Safety Iss-Clsrm Tchr
This course focuses on prevention and safety issues facing professionals working with children. Topics include the identification and prevention of child abuse and neglect, violence in schools, and substance abuse. Traffic, fire, and safety issues are covered. Successful completion results in NYS certification in Identification & Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect and in School Violence Prevention & Intervention. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HI101 History of Civ 1
This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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