Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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American Sign Language–Interpreting

American Sign Language–Interpreting factsheet (PDF)

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Associate of Science (915.1) 

This comprehensive program leads to an interpreting career. The educational philosophy of the Interpreting program at CCAC centers on providing students with the superior language skills and ethical competencies needed by today’s interpreters. Through interpreting labs, observations in schools, the community and internship placement students become highly skilled professionals. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to sit for the Pennsylvania Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) license or the National Interpreter Certification (NIC). Students holding a bachelor’s degree would be permitted to sit for the NIC exam.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Interpret a wide variety of content in the K–12 and community settings. 

  2. Apply interpreting skills to different professional settings including schools, businesses, medical offices, theatrical and community events.

  3. Denote the wide variety of clients with special needs who are also D/deaf and how their services may differ.

  4. Differentiate and investigate the legal and ethical aspects and responsibilities of the various requirements of interpreters in the varying settings.

  5. Define the occupational challenges and legislative issues facing interpreters today.

Prior to the practicum requirement, students must be eligible for clearance through the Federal Criminal History Record (ACT114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (ACT34), Pennsylvania Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance Act (ACT151) and meet local requirements of the practicum placement site.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be prepared to seek employment as an educational interpreter in the K–12 system or as a community interpreter.

Students may enter the program in three ways:

  1. complete CCAC’s 17 credit American Sign Language certificate program;

  2. earn a level 2 or higher on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) or

  3. pass a CCAC ASL proficiency exam, administered each summer.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60-61

First Semester (Fall 1)

Credits 
ASL-202   Intermediate American Sign Language 2 

 3

ENG-101  English Composition 1  

3

ITP-101  Interpreting Lab 1  

 4

ITP-105  Introduction to Interpreting  

 3

 

 Total

 13

  
Second Semester (Spring 1) 
ENG-102 English Composition 2 

3

ITP-102 Special Topics Lab 2  

4

ITP-106 Linguistics

 3

ITP-107 Interpreting Theory   

4

 

  Total

 14

   
Third Semester (Summer 1)   
ITP-201Classroom Interpreting Lab 3   

4

SPH-101Oral Communications   

 3

 

  Total

 7

   
Fourth Semester (Fall 2)
ITP-205Non-classroom Interpreting Lab 4

4

ITP-206Interpreter Ethics 

 4

 Science Elective

4

 

Total

 12

   
 Fifth Semester (Spring 2) 
 ITP-207 Special Populations Lab 5

 4

 ITP-250 Practicum  

 4

 PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology  

 3

  Mathematics Elective1

3-4

 

Total

14-15

   
1Students planning on interpreting for K-6 should register for 
MAT-107, Mathematics for Elementary Education; students planning on
interpreting for 7-12 should register for MAT-108, Intermediate Algebra;
and students planning on  interpreting for the community  should register  
for MAT-195, Business Mathematics. 


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