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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 concentration consists of 30 credit hours that include courses in specialized settings, mentoring, research, service learning, and intercultural contexts.

 

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 Interpreting Pedagogy concentration consists of 30 credit hours that contains courses on teaching translation, teaching interpreting, applied research, 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) is strongly preferred, exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis
  • 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

Note: The MS ASL/English Interpreting program has an out-of-state tuition rate that differs from other UNF graduate programs. Please refer to the Controller website for additional information.

ADMISSIONS

Application Information

How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . March 31 - General Practice concentration (extended until April 10 for Fall 2019)

Spring Term . . . . . December 1 - General Practice concentration

Summer Term . . . March 31 - Interpreting Pedagogy concentration (extended until April 10 for Fall 2019)

Interpreting Pedagogy concentration admits for summer term only. 

 

General Practice concentration admits for fall and spring 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 of the letter, provide a YouTube link to the ASL video described below
    • ASL Video
      • Create a video using academic-level ASL sharing how your admission in the General practice program will help you achieve your goals. Identify those goals and discuss your intent of pursuing this graduate degree. Also discuss your own work and involvement with the Deaf community.
      • Include the link to the video (in YouTube) at the bottom of your Letter of Intent identified above. Be sure the video is set to be viewed by individuals with the link.
  • 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 (currently waived)
    • Taken within the last five years
    • All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken

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.) Exceptions to having national certification are made on a case-by-case basis and your letter of intent and video should address why an exception should be made with regards to holding national certification.

  • 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 of the letter, provide a link to the ASL Video described below
    • ASL Video
      • Create a video using academic-level ASL sharing how your admission in the Interpreting Pedagogy program will help you achieve your goals. Identify those goals and discuss your intent of pursuing this graduate degree. Also discuss your own work and involvement with the Deaf community, your experience in interpreter education and your leadership roles in the field.
      • Include the link to the video (in YouTube) at the bottom of your Letter of Intent identified above. Be sure the video is set to be viewed by individuals with the link.
  • 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 (currently waived)
    • 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