Program of Study (33 credit hours)


Legacy and Leadership in Interpreter Education (3 credit hours)
Students will study the history of spoken and signed language translator and interpreter education from the 18th century, including key theories and people in the field as well as the social, political and legal perspectives that have influenced the development of interpreter education. They will assess the current state of interpreter education in the U.S., identify current issues, and vision together some strategies to move the field forward. Students will learn the responsibilities of educators as leaders in the profession at regional, state, and national levels. This course introduces the social, political, and economic context in which post-secondary interpreter education operates.

Distance Learning in Interpreter Education (3 credit hours)
Students in this course will examine current best practices in distance learning and effective teaching skills for both distance and face-to-face instruction.  Topics covered include online instructional design, developing objective and measureable learning outcomes, techniques for assessing student knowledge and skills and how to provide efficient and useful feedback.

Interpreter and Deaf Community Alliances (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to strengthen the student's ability to acculturate to the rich linguistic and cultural values of the Deaf community through civic engagement and acknowledge personal responsibility as an ally of the Deaf community. Students will contribute to empowerment of the Deaf community and participate in structured experiential settings that are identified using an asset mapping approach to community need identification. Issues around the role and boundaries of a professional interpreter are approached from the perspective of Deaf community members.

Applied Research in Interpreting (3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to current research in the field of spoken and signed language interpreting and directs students in conceptualizing research projects. Students will learn about research ethics involved in social science research and become certified to conduct research with human subjects. Informed Consent and other requirements of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process for research approval are covered. Students are mentored through topic investigation, problem identification, research design, literature review, and IRB proposal development. The goal of the course is for students to become consumers and practitioners of research applicable to the interpreting profession.

Adult and Transformative Learning in Interpreter Education (3 credit hours)
Students are introduced to the body of knowledge concerning adults as learners by focusing on the principles of adult and collaborative education, determining learning styles, and selecting appropriate instructional techniques. Students will review variables that affect adult learning, motivation techniques, appropriate training methodologies, reinforcement of learning, skill transfer, and measurement procedures for identifying learner characteristics.

Curriculum Development and Revision (3 credit hours)
Students will synthesize information from previous courses in the program by applying it to curriculum development in interpreter education. Topics include curriculum standards and maps, course goals and performance objectives, and student evaluations, and lesson plans. Students will develop instructional methods and strategies using role-plays, group activities, and case studies. Students will utilize learning theory to develop a teaching module with instructor manual, student materials, and media presentations.

 

Methods for Teaching Interpreting (3 credit hours)
New course in development.

 

Teaching Translation (3 credit hours)
New course in development.

 

Special Topics in Interpreter Education (3 credit hours)
New course in development.

 

Performance and Program Assessment (3 hours)
New course in development.

Internship (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for students to further develop skills in teaching the interpreting process, designing curriculum, and assessing student outcomes. Students will gain mentored experience in online instruction and face-to-face teaching during onsite summer sessions.