Master of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Sherry Shaw

Program Director

sherry.shaw@unf.edu

(904) 620-1811

Building 57, Room 3519
ADMISSIONS
Application Information

Applications for the General Practitioner concentration are accepted for the fall term only, while applications for the Interpreting Pedagogy concentration are accepted for fall, spring, and summer terms.

 

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . March 31

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . March 31

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

 

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

 

Additional program requirements: 

 

 

General Practitioner concentration   (Fall admission only. Applications are due March 31. Effective Jan. 1, applicants who are not nationally certified interpreters must pass a language and cognitive processing evaluation for admission.)

 

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

 

  • GRE test scores taken within the last five years. All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken. (Institutional Code: 5490)

 

  • Two letters of recommendation indicating:  
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  • Written statement of 500-1000 words that includes the following information
    • Elaborate on your professional goals related to teaching interpreting
    • How will the General Practitioner Program help you attain your goals?
    • At the end of your statement, provide a YouTube link to an academic ASL video of your experience in areas of interpreter education, leadership and alliance with the Deaf community
           
     
  • Curriculum Vita

 

Interpreting Pedagogy concentration

 

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

 

  • GRE test scores taken within the last five years. All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken. (Institutional Code: 5490)

 

  • Two letters of recommendation including:
    • Academic background and aptitude for graduate work
    • Applicant's capabilities for future performance and scholarship in interpreter education
    • At least one letter should be from a college/university professor, if possible

     

     
  • Written statement of 500-1000 words that include the following information:

    • Elaborate on your professional goals related to teaching interpreting

    • How will the UNF-VRSII Program help you attain your goals?

    • At the end of your statement, provide a YouTube link to an academic ASL video of your experience in areas of interpreter education, leadership and alliance with the Deaf Community

     
  • Curriculum Vita

 

Click here for instructions on how to submit your supplemental materials.  

 

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.

 

For more information on how to apply click here

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.

 

THE PROGRAM
Program Overview

Concentration 1: General Practitioner

 

The General Practitioner concentration is designed to meet the needs of (a) pre-certified students who aspire to national certification and general practice or, (b) certified interpreters who seek to increase their specialized interpreting skill sets and knowledge bases. The program consists of 30-36 credit hours that include courses in specialized settings, mentoring, research, service learning, intercultural contexts, and a capstone internship for pre-certified interpreters. Certified interpreters (CSC, CI and CT, CDI, NIC, NAD IV-V, COI) are exempt from the 6-hour Internship, reducing their Program of Study to 30 credit hours. Click here for additional information.

 

Concentration 2: Interpreting Pedagogy

 

In this unique program, academia (UNF) and industry (VRS Interpreting Institute) have collaborated to build a curriculum for certified interpreters to earn a Master’s degree that will prepare them to teach the interpreting process in colleges and universities. The MS Degree in ASL/English Interpreting, Concentration: Interpreting Pedagogy contains courses on teaching translation, teaching interpreting, applied research, interpreter-Deaf Community alliance, assessment, distance learning, adult learning, and curriculum development. The program is distance-friendly and uses a cohort model with a maximum of 15 students per year. Click here for additional information.

Concentrations Offered • General Practitioner
• Interpreting Pedagogy
Special Notes about the Program

Prerequisites: 

 

Concentration 1: General  Practitioner

 

  • Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with previous interpreting coursework that includes:
    •  Language - American Sign Language, Fingerspelling & Numbers, Advanced ASL Discourse, Comparative Linguistics, ASL Structure
    • Foundation Courses - Deaf Culture, Introduction to Interpreting, Interpreting Ethics
    • Interpretation/Transliteration Skills courses
    • English - ASL, ASL - English Interpretation/Transliteration, Applied Interpreting Theory, Cognitive Processing
    • Practicum, Internship, Field Experience (minimum 9 hours) OR

 

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in another field, National Certification (CSC, CI and CT, NIC, NAD V, COI) and Program permission

 

 

 

Concentration 2: Interpreting Pedagogy 

 

  • Bachelor degree preferred in interpreting, linguistics, education or deafness-related field
  • National Interpreting Certification (RID, CSI, CI and CT, NIC, NAD V, AVLIC COI)
  • Deaf persons who aspire to teach in interpreter education programs are encouraged to apply (with or without certification)
  • Teaching experience in interpreter education (preferred)
  • Strong academic English and academic ASL competency

 

INFORMATION
Program Faculty Faculty
Curriculum and Requirements Curriculum
Program Policies ASL/English Interpreting Graduate Student Handbook
Total Program
Credit Hours
30-36
Average Length
of the Program
1.5 - 2 years