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Master of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

THE PROGRAM

Program Overview

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 30-36 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. 

 

Interpreting Pedagogy concentration:

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 - General Practitioner concentration:

  • 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

Prerequisites -   Interpreting Pedagogy concentration:

  • 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

Important: The MS ASL/English Interpreting program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs. Please refer to the Controller website for additional information.

ADMISSIONS

Application Information

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Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

 

The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared 
  • All of the below university and program requirements 

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, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. 

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, provide a YouTube link to an academic ASL video of experience in areas of interpreter education, leadership and alliance with the Deaf community
  • Two letters of recommendation 
    • At least one letter from a college/university professor is preferred
    • Address applicants academic background and aptitude for graduate work;
    • Applicant's capabilities for future performance and scholarship 
  • 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 professional goals related to teaching interpreting
    • Answer "How will the UNF-VRSII Program help you attain your goals?"
    • At the end, provide a YouTube link to an academic ASL video of experience in areas of interpreter education, leadership and alliance with the Deaf Community  
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter should be from a college/university professor is preferred
    • Address applicants academic background and aptitude for graduate work;
    • Applicant's capabilities for future performance and scholarship in interpreter education 
  • GRE test scores  
    • Taken within the last five years
    • All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken

INFORMATION

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Len Roberson

Professor

len.roberson@unf.edu

(904) 620-2185

Building 57 , Room 3514