American Sign Language/Interpreter Education Program (ASL/IEP) is a two year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program to train individuals to become ASL conversationalist and or professional ASL interpreters.
Successful graduates of this program can seek jobs opportunities in settings such as educational, medical, legal, mental health, religious, social and community based employment.
This program provides individuals with the professional knowledge and skills that meet or exceed the minimum professional standards necessary to perform in a broad range of interpreting assignments. This program will to prepare individuals for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) and Virginia Quality Assurance Screening (VQAS).
Upon successful completion of the A.A.S degree in the Interpreter Training Program, graduates will be able to do the following:
- Perform American Sign Language with proficiency and professionalism to ensure dynamic equivalency between the individuals engaged in communications;
- Explain the official role of interpreter to both deaf and hearing consumers;
- Perform interpreting with accuracy and fluency that meets the standards for hire for education and community settings as demonstrated on the West Virginia Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment and the Virginia Quality Assurance Screening exams, respectively.
The career opportunities for an interpreter for the Deaf include working in educational, medical, legal, mental health, religious, social and community based employment.
Some graduates choose to apply this Associate degree to a Baccalaureate degree program in Interpreter Training. Other graduates choose to use this Associate degree to complement a variety of Baccalaureate degrees, including Education and Child Development or a Board of Regents degree, which provides students with a more general education of their own design that may be most appropriate for their Interpreting assignments.
Students must successfully complete the first year of Interpreter Training with grades of “C” or better in all AMSL courses to continue into the final year of study. In order to be admitted to ITTP, a student must be admitted to Pierpont Community & Technical College. Students will be will be assigned a first year ITTP advisor who will assist the students in selecting and enrolling in classes. In order to continue into the second year of the AAS Interpreter Training degree, the student must successfully complete the first year of study and program application for the second year of the ITTP program. Students entering the second year of the program must submit to and pay for a fingerprinting and criminal investigation check and proof of current PPD (tuberculosis) immunization. Additional requirements may be added at anytime.
All students must demonstrate a math competency. This competency can be demonstrated by a MATH ACT score of 19, MATH SAT score of 460, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38.
ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
ENGL 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104
ENGL 1108 be substituted for ENGL 1109
MATH: MTH 1207 is a 3 credits course. Math ACT of 19, SAT Quantitative score of 460, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.
All students must demonstrate a math competency. This competency can be demonstrated by a Math ACT of 19, SAT Quantitative score of 460, COMPASS Math score of 36, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38.
ITTP courses are open to second-year, instructor-approved ITTP program majors only.
General Electives for all students regardless of Major: AMSL 1101: Deaf Culture & Deaf Studies (3CH) AMSL 1104: ASL Finger Spelling (1CH) AMSL 1105: Intro to ASL (2CH) AMLS 1111: ASL I 1st 8 weeks Fall (3CH) AMLS 1112: ASL II 2nd 8 weeks Fall (3CH) AMSL 1113: ASL III 1st 8 weeks Spring (3CH) AMSL 1114: ASL IV 2nd 8 weeks Spring (3CH)
4 Hours required for ENGL 1104
ENGL 1109 recommended, may be replaced by ENGL 1108
ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104 with "C" or higher.
AMSL 1111 & 1112 are 8-week courses and may be taken consecutively in one semester.
MTH 1207: 5 HRs required
Enrollment in ITTP courses limited to approved second-year ITTP majors only.