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Master of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

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. 

 

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.

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, CSC, 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

ADMISSIONS

Application Deadlines

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

Spring Term . . . . . December 1 (spring 2019 only)

Summer Term . . . March 31

General Practitioner concentration admits typically for fall term only, but has been opened for spring 2019. 

 

Interpreting Pedagogy concentration admits for summer term only.

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. 
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of the number of credits earned or if transfer credit appears on another transcript (including institutions attended through Dual Enrollment).
    • Transcripts must be less than one year old from the date of printing and submitted in a sealed envelope from the institution, or received through an official electronic system.
    • Applicants who have earned college credits through the military must also provide a SMART or AARTS transcript.
    • Students with coursework earned from institutions outside the US are required to provide a course-by-course transcript evaluation of all attended non-US institutions. The evaluation must be from an approved third-party accredited evaluation service.

Program requirements - General Practitioner concentration:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent 
    • 500-1000 words 
    • Answer "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
  • Two letters of recommendation 
    • Academic background and aptitude for graduate work
    • Applicant's capabilities for future performance and scholarship
    • At least one letter from a college/university professor is preferred 
  • GRE test scores 
    • Taken within the last five years
    • All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken
      • Waived for spring 2019

Program requirements -  Interpreting Pedagogy concentration:
This concentration is available to nationally certified interpreters (RID, CSC, CI and CT, NIC, NAD V, AVLIC COI), and Deaf interpreters who are interested in teaching interpreting.)  

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent 
    • 500-1000 words
    • Elaborate on your professional goals related to teaching interpreting
    • Answer "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  
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Academic background and aptitude for graduate work
    • Applicant's capabilities for future performance and scholarship in interpreter education
    • If possible, at least one letter should be from a college/university professor 
  • GRE test scores  
    • Taken within the last five years
    • All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken
      • Waived for spring 2019

INFORMATION

Program Faculty

Curriculum and Requirements

Program Policies

Total Program
Credit Hours

30-36

Average Length
of the Program

1.5 - 2 years
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Len Roberson

Professor

len.roberson@unf.edu

(904) 620-2185

Building 57 , Room 3514