Interpreters provide children who are deaf/hard of hearing with instruction in American Sign Language (ASL). Their role is to effectively communicate information from the teacher, peers, and community members to the student according to their language level. Being an interpreter requires many more skills than simply understanding sign language, including monitoring student comprehension, facilitating social communication, appropriate use of finger spelling, and interpreting at the appropriate language level of the student.
The ASL/English interpreting curriculum is designed to prepare interpreters to work with children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) in educational and community settings. Graduates of the program will be eligible to receive state of Ohio licensure in Educational Interpreting (K-12).
Students in the ASL/English interpreting program are immersed in three years of ASL instruction and engage in comparative analysis of ASL and English through the study of linguistics, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. The program includes approximately 500 hours of practicum experiences. Coursework prepares students for RID and EIPA national certification tests.
Contact Kathy Geething (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions regarding the ASL/English Interpreting Program at Kent State University.
|Degrees||Licensure, Endorsements, and/or Certificates
|B.S.E. in Special Education with a concentration in ASL/English Interpreting
||ASL/English Interpreting License
|M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in ASL/English Intrepreting
|Ed. S. in Special Education
|Ph.D. in Special Education