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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Losh, Ruby L.

Program Coordinator, American Sign Language and Interpreter Education Program
304-816-0658
206D Jaynes Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
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Program Purpose: 

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).

Student Learning Outcomes: 

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.
Opportunities: 

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.

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

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.

Notice to Students: 

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.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

INTR 2200

Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

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.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
45 CHs

AMSL 1101

Deaf Culture and Deaf Studies (Online Only)
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1110

ASL Linguistics
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1111

American Sign Language I (1st 8 week Fall)
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1112

American Sign Language II (2nd 8 week Fall)
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1113

American Sign Language III (1st 8 week Spring)
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1114

American Sign Language IV (2nd 8 week Spring)
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2200

American Sign Language V
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2201

Sign-to-Voice Interpreting I
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2202

Voice-to-Sign Interpreting I
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2203

Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2204

American Sign Language VI
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2205

Sign-to-Voice Interpreting II
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2206

Voice-to-Sign Interpreting II
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2210

Educational Interpreting
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2213

Interpreting Observation
1
CH(s)

ITTP 2995

Interpreting as Private Practice
2
CH(s)

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.

AMSL 1104

ASL Fingerspelling (Online Only)
1
CH(s)

AMSL 1105

Introduction to American Sign Language (Online Only)
2
CH(s)

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)

Model Schedule
Fall Semester

AMSL 1101

Deaf Culture and Deaf Studies (Online Only)
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1110

ASL Linguistics
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1111

American Sign Language I (1st 8 week Fall)
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1112

American Sign Language II (2nd 8 week Fall)
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Spring Semester

AMSL 1113

American Sign Language III (1st 8 week Spring)
3
CH(s)

AMSL 1114

American Sign Language IV (2nd 8 week Spring)
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

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.
 

Fall Semester

INTR 2200

Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2200

American Sign Language V
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2201

Sign-to-Voice Interpreting I
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2202

Voice-to-Sign Interpreting I
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2203

Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2213

Interpreting Observation
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

Enrollment in ITTP courses limited to approved second-year ITTP majors only.

Spring Semester

ITTP 2204

American Sign Language VI
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2205

Sign-to-Voice Interpreting II
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2206

Voice-to-Sign Interpreting II
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2210

Educational Interpreting
3
CH(s)

ITTP 2995

Interpreting as Private Practice
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs

Enrollment in ITTP courses limited to approved second-year ITTP majors only.

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