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Master of Science in ASL/English Interpreting

General Practitioner Concentration

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 credit hours that include courses in specialized settings (i.e., healthcare, mental health, legal), mentoring, research, service learning, and intercultural contexts.

 

Health Care Interpreting students posing in scrubs

The General Practitioner concentration is offered via distance learning (no need to relocate) with a combination of online courses and hybrid courses requiring a maximum of one weekend per semester on campus to accommodate students who do not live in northeast Florida. The master's program is developed in accordance with current spoken and signed language research and strives to provide students a global perspective on the interpreting profession, a foundation in interpreting studies literature, and a growth mindset for lifelong learning and skills development. Many graduates from the General Practitioner concentration are working as interpreter educators; however, teaching interpreting is addressed more extensively in the Interpreting Pedagogy concentration.

Program Mission

The mission of the General Practitioner concentration within the MS Degree in ASL/English Interpreting is to provide pre-and post-certified students with specialized skill development, a foundation in interpreting studies literature, and a growth mindset for lifelong learning and skills development. With a curriculum developed in accordance with current spoken and signed language research, our goal is to bring students closer to national certification, or if already certified, to advance the use of ASL and English in specialized settings that include mental health, medical, and legal arenas. 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.

MS Interpreting Graduates in Regalia