Master of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Sherry Shaw

Program Director

(904) 620-1811

Building 57, Room 3519
Application Information Applications are accepted for fall, spring, and summer terms.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . The deadline for Summer 2015 has been extended to April 6.

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  1. 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 Practice concentration 

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. GRE test scores taken within the last five years. All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken. (Institutional Code: 5490)
  3. Two letters of recommendation indicating:
  4. Written statement of 500-1000 words that includes the following information:
    • Why you are seeking admission to UNF's Interpreting program?
    • What are your professional goals?
    • How will UNF's Interpreter Education Program help you attain your goals?
    • At the end of this Written Statement, provide a link to an unlisted YouTube presentation in ASL of your professional goals (minimum 3 minutes).

Interpreting Pedagogy concentration

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. GRE test scores taken within the last five years. All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken. (Institutional Code: 5490)
  3. Two letters of recommendation indicating:
    • 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.
  4. Written statement of 500-1000 words that includes that 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 (5-8 minutes).
  5. 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.


Program Overview

Concentration 1: General Practice


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 Practice
• Interpreting Pedagogy
Special Notes about the Program



Concentration 1: General Practice


  • 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, CDI, NIC, NAD V, COI) and Program permission.


Concentration 2: Interpreting Pedagogy 


  • Bachelor's 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


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