This program is now accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.
Welcome to the University of North Florida's ASL/English Interpreting Undergraduate Program. There are two degree options (concentrations) based on a student’s prior experience in interpreting and language learning. We hope you will find the information you are seeking here, but if not, please contact us with any questions you might have. UNF’s BS program began in fall 2007 after several years of planning and consulting with other successful programs. The program's curriculum is designed to promote interpreting and translating skill development for certified interpreters and pre-certified students who seek national certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. The program is built on the standards of the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education, and each of the two concentrations contains advanced coursework in language development, interpreting and translating skill development, community engagement, and applied ethics.
CONCENTRATION 1: A.S. to B.S. General Practice
The A.S. to B.S. General Practice Concentration contains a robust general practice curriculum and is designed for transfer students who have completed an associate-level Interpreting or Pre-Interpreting degree. The program uses blended technology, and students come to UNF one weekend per month in addition to accessing course content online. Students do not have to relocate to Jacksonville to participate in this concentration. The program admits students each fall, and prospective students are required to apply by March 31.
"2+2" Transfer Design
CONCENTRATION 2: Community Interpreting--NEW in January 2015!
The Community Interpreting concentration allows students who do not have a prior associate-level degree to pursue an Interpreting major at UNF. It is a full, 120-credit-hour B.S. degree program from start to finish. The last 48 hours of the program are synchronized with the A.S. to B.S. General Practice Concentration, and students in both concentrations attend this part of their program together.
The entire B.S. program uses a combination of hybrid and distance technologies. Students who take general education core, language, and pre-interpreting courses during the Freshman and Sophomore years at UNF may have regular, face-to-face class sessions once or twice a week. The final 48 hours of the B.S. degree (either concentration) do not require students to reside in Jacksonville. Students come to campus four weekends during spring and fall semesters and one weekend during one summer. Distance technologies allow students to access direct instruction materials online, and the onsite weekends are used to apply knowledge to authentic simulated settings with Deaf community actors. Although it is not required, students are highly encouraged to reside in Jacksonville throughout their program of study to regularly access faculty-student mentorship opportunities, participate in local Deaf community activities, engage in campus life and student organizations, and join study groups.
The ASL/English Interpreting program faculty members have undergone certification training for teaching online and bring a vast array of expertise in facilitating interpreting skill acquisition with a combination of online and face-to-face methodologies. Each course’s content is carefully evaluated to determine the most effective way of delivering it to students. UNF’s program is highly interactive, professors are continuously engaged in student learning, and the curriculum remains in alignment with national interpreter education standards. The B.S. degree awarded by our program is in compliance with the university’s SACS accreditation, and students who receive this degree with either concentration are fully qualified to pursue advanced master-level and doctoral degrees.
Students who are admitted to this program should have daily access to
high-speed internet and a desktop or laptop computer that is equipped with
Microsoft Office and a web camera. Courses will use a variety of the latest
technology to maximize skill and knowledge acquisition. These technologies
include Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, Blue Jeans, GoREACT, and Knovio, allowing students to
interact synchronously (participation in group meetings as they occur) or asynchronously
(accessing recordings of class sessions later at personal convenience).
Prior to declaring a major as ASL/English Interpreting, students must successfully complete Limited Access Screening. In addition to passing the Limited Access Screening, program admission requires a 2.75 GPA and a ‘B’ or better in ASL I, ASL II, Introduction to Interpreting, and ENC 1101. Prior to
placement in the capstone Practicum and Portfolio Presentation (Internship) course, students must pass the National
Interpreter Certification Written Examination administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
The mission of the ASL/English Interpreting Program is to prepare entry-level practitioners who are capable of managing the intercultural demands and complex cognitive tasks for conveying dynamically equivalent messages between American Sign Language and English.
Our philosophy is that students will flourish when provided with an experiential, service-learning environment that encourages alliance with Deaf community partners and an evidence-based curriculum that is in accordance with current spoken and signed language research. We recognize the importance of faculty members being actively engaged in applied interpreting research and encouraging students to become consumers of research to inform their skill development. One-on-one mentorship, strong peer support networks, and a spiraling curriculum that builds upon previously developed interpreting skills to achieve mastery are the foundations of our program. We believe in emphasizing Academic Language (ASL and written and spoken English) within the program and hold high expectations for our students’ continued progress toward national certification. First and foremost, the curricular and extracurricular aspects of our program emphasize a sociolinguistic perspective of Deaf and hearing communities through advanced ASL skill development, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skill acquisition, and linguistic-cultural competency.
The program is based on core values of ethical reasoning and decision-making, critical thinking, and Deaf community alliance. In addition, we aspire to prepare students who consistently demonstrate interpersonal skills that reflect unconditional positive regard for all participants in the interpreting process and professional dispositions that embrace diversity, respect, equity, and equality of opportunity among the diverse language and cultural groups of the community. Program faculty members are committed to conducting and incorporating research in interpreting and interpreter education, receiving ongoing training on best practices in distance learning, and infusing the standards outlined by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive curriculum within an innovative program design to produce highly qualified interpreters who are ready to span the readiness to work gap and achieve national certification.
Dr. Sherry Shaw, ASL/English Interpreting Program1 UNF Drive
Building 57, Room 3519
Jacksonville, FL 32226
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