to the University of North Florida's ASL/English Interpreting Undergraduate Program.
We hope you will find the information you are seeking here, but if not, please
don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have. UNF’s program
began in Fall 2007 after several years of planning and consulting with other
successful programs. The program is designed to allow graduates of two-year
associate degree programs to complete the last two years of a Bachelor of
Science degree in a program filled with advanced interpreting coursework. Its
development is directly related to the requirement in 2012 by the Registry of Interpreters
for the Deaf, Inc. that interpreters who seek national certification
must hold a baccalaureate degree before being permitted to take the
examination. Although this requirement does not specify that the baccalaureate
degree must be in ASL/English Interpreting, our goal at UNF is to prepare
students to become nationally certified interpreters and to promote further
skill development in students who already hold national certification. The
program abides by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education
The "2 + 2" design is a national model for
successful articulation between two and four-year interpreting programs. This model allows UNF to build on the curricula and methodologies of programs that are
already in existence and to provide students with an option for the B.S.
degree. We strive to offer a curriculum that is advanced and does not duplicate
coursework taken at the associate-degree level. UNF's 2 + 2 BS program requires transferring
students to have completed an associate's degree in ASL/English Interpreting
prior to admission (A.S., A.A.S., or A.A.). If the degree is not an Associate
of Arts degree, it is strongly recommended that students also complete the AA,
along with their A.S. or A.A.S degrees to avoid having to take additional
general education core courses at UNF. Transferring to UNF with an A.A. degree
guarantees that no additional general education core courses will be needed.
Students who do not transfer with an AA degree are subject to UNF's
core requirements, which may exceed the state minimum. These courses will need
to be taken during summer sessions or in extra semesters after interpreting
coursework is complete.
There are five, two-year interpreting programs in Florida, and UNF
officially partners with Florida State College at
Jacksonville (South Campus) to facilitate the transfer process for
incoming students. We welcome graduates from the other interpreting
programs at Valencia College, Miami Dade College, Hillsborough Community College, and St.
Petersburg College. Students transferring from institutions outside of
Florida are evaluated on a case by case basis to assure that the proper
interpreting foundation has been achieved prior to starting in the UNF program.
The program delivery changed to a distance-friendly model in Fall 2013. This
model allows students who do not reside in Jacksonville (along with those who
choose to live in Jacksonville) to access the curriculum through four on-campus
weekends during spring and fall semesters, one onsite week during one summer,
and online technologies, including virtual classrooms with frequent peer and
instructor interaction. Although it is not required, students are highly
encouraged to reside in Jacksonville, where they can regularly access
faculty-student mentorship opportunities, participate in local Deaf community
activities, engage in campus life and student organizations, and join study
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 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, FuzeBox and ooVoo, allowing students to
interact synchronously (participation in group meetings as they occur) or asynchronously
(accessing recordings of class sessions later at personal convenience).
The Interpreting program recommends that students start with an interpreting
credential (such as QA or EIPA); however, one is not required. Prior to
placement in the capstone Internship course, students must pass the National
Interpreter Certification Written Examination.
The mission of the ASL/English Interpreting Program is to prepare exceptional practitioners who are capable of managing the
complex cognitive tasks for conveying dynamically equivalent messages between
American Sign Language and English. The curriculum is designed to develop
outstanding communication skills in both English (written and spoken) and ASL.
The program of study revolves around ethical reasoning and decision-making,
critical thinking, and a sense of responsibility to the Deaf community. In
addition, our mission is to graduate students who consistently demonstrate
interpersonal skills that reflect unconditional positive regard for all
participants in the interpreting process, and professional dispositions that
embrace diversity, equity, and equality of opportunity among the diverse
language and cultural groups of the community.
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. Our philosophy is
that students will flourish when provided with:
1. An experiential, service-learning
environment that encourages alliance with Deaf community partners;
2. An evidence-based curriculum that is
in accordance with current spoken and signed language research;
3. Faculty members who are actively
engaged in applied interpreting research and who encourage students to become
consumers of research to inform their skill development;
4. One-on-one mentorship and strong peer
5. A spiraling curriculum that builds
upon previously developed interpreting skills to achieve mastery;
6. An emphasis on Academic Language,
including Academic ASL and written and spoken English competency;
7. High expectations for continued
progress toward national certification;
8. A wide range of courses that cover advanced
ASL skill development, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skill
acquisition, and linguistic-cultural competency
Prospective students are admitted each Fall and must meet admission
requirements of the university. To be considered for admission, applicants
must fulfill these additional requirements:
1. GPA of 2.5 or higher (preferred
2.Completion of a two-year interpreting degree
(AA/AAS/AS) OR a two-year degree in another field if applicant currently holds
one of these national certificates: CSC, CI and CT, NIC, NAD V.
State and institutional general education core requirements may not have been
met in the applicant’s two-year program. It is not required that the applicant complete
the general education core courses prior to attending UNF, however it is
recommended. UNF's 2 + 2
BS program requires transferring students to have completed an associate's
degree in ASL/English Interpreting prior to admission (A.S., A.A.S., or A.A.).
If the degree is not an Associate of Arts degree, it is strongly recommended
that students also complete the AA, along with their A.S. or A.A.S degrees to
avoid having to take additional general education core courses at UNF.
Transferring to UNF with an AA degree guarantees that no additional general
education core courses will be needed. Students who do not transfer
with an AA degree are subject to UNF's core requirements, which may exceed the
state minimum. These courses will need to be taken during summer sessions or in
extra semesters after interpreting coursework is complete.
Unless UNF has negotiated an official articulation agreement with the
applicant’s prior institution, transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case
basis to determine course equivalencies and program placement. Questions about
general education core requirements should be directed to Dr. Todd Parrish (email@example.com) for Academic Advising.
Interpreting credentials are not required for admission unless the prior
degree is in another field. Students entering the program with interpreting
credentials, such as a QA or EIPA level, are more likely to progress steadily
through the coursework. Nationally certified interpreters are welcome and will
be exempt from the capstone Internship course.
Dr. Sherry Shaw, ASL/English Interpreting Program1 UNF Drive
Building 57, Room 3519
Jacksonville, FL 32226
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