an associate's degree in Interpreting is prerequisite to the Interpreting
program. The first two years of interpreting foundations courses are not
offered at UNF because it was designed to build on other programs already in
has been done in the past. Contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life for details.
new distance-friendly delivery system that becomes effective in fall 2013
allows students to maintain their work schedules during weekdays. On occasion,
it is necessary for a Friday afternoon to be spent traveling to Jacksonville
(no more than four times a semester). Full-time employment and full-time
student responsibilities can be difficult, but with the proper support network,
time management skills, and goal-oriented planning, it is possible, though not
encouraged. The UNF Interpreting program does not endorse students working
as interpreters until they have achieved the appropriate credentials to do so.
but this time frame may be extended if students do not attend full-time or must
repeat courses in which they did not achieve the critical learning outcomes
needed to proceed to the next course. The curriculum is designed to be
completed in five semesters (Fall I, Spring I, Summer 1, Fall II, Spring II).
and no…we are not a 100% online program, but we are a distance-friendly
program. Students do not have to relocate to Jacksonville if they are willing
to attend four weekend classes a semester (Friday evening, all day Saturday,
half day Sunday). These weekends are mandatory components of the courses that
are heavily based on ASL and interpreting skills. Missing a weekend can result
in failing a course, so the commitment to participate in the program requires
an obligation to attend onsite classes. There is a five-day, onsite summer
institute in conjunction with the summer course, Advanced ASL Proficiency.
who reside in Jacksonville have access to the program’s faculty on a daily
basis, group study sessions, one-on-one mentorships, and frequent interaction
in the Deaf community. Students who do not reside in Jacksonville have access
to faculty via distance technologies and may participate in virtual class sessions
on their own time, as most sessions are recorded. If a class includes sessions
that require online participation of all students at the same time (called synchronous class sessions), these times
will be announced in the course schedule prior to enrollment.
One of the purposes of an effective 2 + 2 model is to avoid duplication of
course content and materials. During its developmental stages, UNF researched
other two-year programs in the state to make sure we built courses above what
was being offered in these programs and did not duplicate other programs'
courses. We have worked to develop a curriculum that is challenging to
graduates of two-year programs.
this is the primary purpose of creating the B.S. degree. Our goal is to
prepare you to pass the NIC Interview and Performance Exam fairly soon
after graduation, considering that you have progressed adequately
through the QA system during your years in training. The NIC Written Exam must be passed prior to taking
the capstone course, Internship.
is one of the interpreter's working languages. Therefore, the program has a
high standard for mastering written and spoken English. Most program courses
incorporate analytical writing skills. There are two primary evaluations of
written English competency in the forms of an ethnography and literature
we are a 2 + 2, we do not have the foundation courses in Interpreting. These
must be completed at a two-year institution. Deaf interpreters who have
completed an AA degree, are interested in completing a BS degree, and wish to
achieve CDI certification, should contact the program and let us determine how
to assist you in achieving your goal.
questions may be directed to the Graduate School.
Program questions may be addressed to Dr. Sherry Shaw at
Dr. Sherry Shaw, ASL/English Interpreting Program1 UNF Drive
Building 57, Room 3519
Jacksonville, FL 32226
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