Associate of Applied Science
Sign Language / Interpreter Preparation
The Sign Language / Interpreter Preparation Degree Program prepares individuals interested in security entry-level employment working with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The student is trained to serve as an interpreter or communication support person for Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons in a number of settings. Strong language and cognitive abilities are required.
- American Sign Language Competencies: Students may enter the program without prior American Sign Language (ASL) experience, but the program requires the student to complete SLNG 1404 American Sign Language (ASL) I and SLNG 1405 American Sign Language (ASL) II prior to enrolling in the SLNG 1321 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession. These courses are offered in the summer semester prior to the Fall First Year Semester to allow the program to be completed in the shortest timeframe. For those students who enter with fluencies in ASL challenge placement examinations are available. Please contact the EPCC Testing Center and the SLNG Program Coordinator for challenge exam arrangements and fees.
- Special Requirements for SLNG 1321. Sign Language Interpreters must have a thorough knowledge of the English language and an extensive vocabulary. In addition to completing the ASL courses; SLNG 1404 and SLNG 1405; students must score 351 or above on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Test before enrolling in SLNG 1321. Thereafter, SLNG departmental competency exams are required to demonstrate ASL competencies and interpreting competencies in order to progress to the third semester courses and the co-op experiences.
- The SLNG program requires SLNG 2280 Cooperative Education-Sign Language Interpretation and Translation I and SLNG 2281Cooperative Education-Sign Language Interpretation and Translation II. These courses provide career-related activities combining classroom learning with work experience with a total of 320 hours. Most cooperative experiences are non-paid. The student is responsible for professional interpreting attire and providing own transportation to/from the work experience sites.
- The capstone course for this AAS Degree is SLNG 2331, Interpreting III and the course prepares the students to apply acquired skills to the state level and/or national certification processes.
- Upon completion, the students are eligible to take the independently administered state and national examinations for licensure and/or certification. Students must apply directly to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) for the written Test of English Proficiency and Interpreter Performance Tests and pass exams to become a state-certified interpreter. Texas state certification is required by Texas Education Agency (TEA) interpreting positions. Effective, 2012 hearing candidates for certification must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree to take the National Interpreting Certification Written (NIC) for the Knowledge Exam and Interview and Performance Tests. All certifications require application and testing fees.
- Some specialized areas such as court and legal settings require additional certification and training well beyond that offered in the AAS program. Advanced training can be obtained through professional associations such as the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and other providers, and four year BA programs.
Certificate of Completion
American Sign Language-Deaf Studies
The American Sign Language-Deaf Studies Certificate prepares the student to communicate directly with Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons in a range of conversational environments.
The capstone course for this Certificate of Completion is SLNG 1345, American Sign Language (ASL) IV. Departmental (ASL) IV, a competency final exam is required to demonstrate ASL skills in order to receive the certificate of completion.