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American Sign Language/English Interpreting Licensure Preparation - Non-Degree

With the American Sign Language/English Interpreting Licensure Preparation program, you will develop the language and cultural competence needed to become a licensed interpreter and provide a crucial service to the Deaf community.

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Program Description

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The American Sign Language/English Interpreting Licensure Preparation non-degree program prepares students for state licensing eligibility to become educational interpreters for the hearing impaired (birth to age 5). Completion of the prescribed coursework is a prerequisite to being recommended by Kent State University for licensure, and licenses are granted by the Ohio Department of Education

This program does not culminate in a master's degree. Students interested in a master's degree at Kent State must be fully admitted into and complete requirements for the master's program, in addition to courses that are prescribed for licensure.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Spring Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Summer Term
    • Rolling admissions
Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Completers of this non-degree program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate native or near-native fluency in spoken and written English (80% of the time as per the NCIEC), American Sign Language, deaf and non-deaf cultures.
  2. Effectively interpret audio and video texts, as well as live presentations, across a variety of genres and be able to adapt interpretations to consumer modality preferences.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills and professionalism across all classroom/program-related settings, while interacting with others, with an awareness of linguistic, cultural, contextual and personality differences.
  4. Make appropriate and effective ethical decisions, both in practical and authentic interpreting situations, in alignment with Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's Code of Professional Conduct and Kent State University's Code of Student Conduct.
  5. Demonstrate adaptability and teachability.
  6. Articulate the impact of interpreting models, theories and best practices and how they inform one's work.
  7. Recognize substantive linguistic and paralinguistic cues from others from a distance of 3-10 feet in a variety of environments.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Endorsement Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements
ASL 19201
ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (4 cr)
ASL 19202
ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (4 cr)
Licensure Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ASEI 53092DEAF CULTURE IMMERSION EXPERIENCE 1
ASEI 53100SURVEY OF THE INTERPRETING PROFESSION (min B- grade)3
ASEI 53102INTERPRETING PROCESSES I (min C grade)3
ASEI 53103INTERPRETING PROCESSES II (min C grade)3
ASEI 53104INTERPRETING PROCESSES III (min B- grade)3
ASEI 53105TRANSLITERATING (min C grade)3
ASEI 53106SCHOOL SETTING INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 53107COMMUNITY SETTING INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 53110DISCOURSE ANALYSIS FOR INTERPRETERS (min C grade)3
ASEI 53111THE PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETER (min C grade)3
ASEI 53112INTERACTIVE INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 53113ASL TO ENGLISH INTERPRETING PROCESSES (min C grade)3
ASEI 53114SOCIAL MEDIA AND CURRENT EVENTS INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 53118MEDICAL INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 53119MENTAL HEALTH INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 53192ADVANCED PRACTICUM: ASL ENGLISH INTERPRETING 9
ASEI 59625INQUIRY SEMINAR FOR AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/ENGLISH INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASL 29201INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (min C grade)3
ASL 29202INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (min C grade)3
ASL 39201ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (min C grade)3
ASL 39202ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (min C grade)3
ASL 39401INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN THE DEAF WORLD (min C grade)3
ASL 49108AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE LINGUISTICS I (min C grade)3
PSYC 20651CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:76

Progression Requirements

Candidates seeking Ohio interpreting licensure from the Ohio Department of Education are required to have passed the entrance assessment and the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (Intermediate level or higher) or the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (minimum 2.0 level). The Sign Language Proficiency Interview must be taken at the Ohio School for the Deaf.

  • Semester One: Students must earn a minimum B- grade in ASEI 53100 in order to progress.
  • By Semester Four: Students must have a minimum 3.000 licensure GPA and 2.750 overall GPA at the beginning of their fourth semester and maintain throughout.
  • Semester Four: Students must take the entrance assessment with ASL/English interpreting faculty and a Deaf individual. Students who do not pass the assessment may take the test one more time before the fall semester. Students who fail both times will not be able to progress in the program.
  • Before Entering Semester Five: Students must obtain a passing score on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview. Passing score will be a prerequisite for ASEI 53104, ASEI 53112 and ASEI 53118.
  • Semester Five: Students will take an interpreting readiness assessment during ASEI 53104 as the midterm. Students who fail may continue progressing but must develop a professional development plan. Students must earn a minimum B- grade in ASEI 53104 to progress.
  • Start of Semester Six: Students must take the entrance assessment during the spring when they're in ASL 29202. Students who fail the assessment may continue progressing but must develop a professional development plan.
  • All Semesters: Students must complete all of their clinical hours each semester because completion of hours supersedes the course grade. There are 45 hours in the fall semesters and 30 in the spring semesters starting with the junior year. 
  • All Semesters: With exceptions noted above, students must earn a minimum C or S grade in ASEI, ASL or English courses to progress to the next semester.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
3.000 2.750
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester PrerequisiteCredits
ASL 19201
ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (4 cr)  
ASL 19202
ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (4 cr)  
 Credit Hours0
Semester One
!ASEI 53100 SURVEY OF THE INTERPRETING PROFESSION 3
ASL 29201 INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I 3
 Credit Hours6
Semester Two
!ASEI 53102 INTERPRETING PROCESSES I 3
!ASEI 53113 ASL TO ENGLISH INTERPRETING PROCESSES 3
ASL 29202 INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II 3
!ASL 39401 INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN THE DEAF WORLD 3
PSYC 20651 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!ASEI 53103 INTERPRETING PROCESSES II 3
!ASEI 53106 SCHOOL SETTING INTERPRETING 3
!ASEI 53111 THE PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETER 3
!ASEI 53114 SOCIAL MEDIA AND CURRENT EVENTS INTERPRETING 3
ASL 39201 ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ASEI 53092 DEAF CULTURE IMMERSION EXPERIENCE 1
!ASEI 53105 TRANSLITERATING 3
!ASEI 53107 COMMUNITY SETTING INTERPRETING 3
!ASEI 53110 DISCOURSE ANALYSIS FOR INTERPRETERS 3
!ASEI 53119 MENTAL HEALTH INTERPRETING 3
ASL 39202 ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
!ASEI 53104 INTERPRETING PROCESSES III 3
!ASEI 53112 INTERACTIVE INTERPRETING 3
!ASEI 53118 MEDICAL INTERPRETING 3
!ASL 49108 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE LINGUISTICS I 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Six
!ASEI 53192 ADVANCED PRACTICUM: ASL ENGLISH INTERPRETING 9
!ASEI 59625 INQUIRY SEMINAR FOR AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/ENGLISH INTERPRETING 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:76
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Examples of Possible Careers
  • American Sign Language/English Interpreter
  • Sign Language Interpreter

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