American Sign Language/English Interpreting - B.S.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Services
405 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2294
www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting prepares students to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in both educational and community settings, including schools and universities, businesses, medical and mental health agencies and social service offices, among others.

The coursework and nationally certified instructors guide students in developing interpreting expertise, sign language fluency and professional ethics. Coursework encompasses interpreting process models and their application; analytical approaches to professional and ethical decision-making; and interpreting comparative analyses of English and American Sign Language through the study of linguistics, discourse structures and features, pragmatics and sociolinguistics. Students learn self-assessment strategies for lifelong learning and gain 500 hours of practicum and experience with interpreter mentors.

Graduates may apply for licensure from the State of Ohio to interpret from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. They also have preparation toward the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA).

For field experiences, residential practicum, and advanced practicum that require candidates to be placed within a school or agency setting, the college requires candidates to complete the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCII) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks and submit the results to authorized personnel at their assigned school/agency before the beginning of the field experience or the first day of the semester in which the field experience or practicum will take place. Authorized school/agency personnel will determine whether a candidate may participate in fieldwork in that setting. The BCII and FBI background checks are good for one year and are mandatory for licensure application. Electronic fingerprinting is available for BCII and FBI in 221 White Hall and should be completed at least two months prior to field experience residential practicum/advanced practicum. Regional campus students should contact their Regional Campus coordinator to identify fingerprinting availability at each campus. Candidates are responsible for fees incurred for this requirement. For more information on this policy, contact the Director of Clinical Field Experience in 304 White Hall. Visit the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) website at http://ode.state.oh.us for more information about background check requirements in Ohio. Contact the Office of Professional Conduct at the ODE for specific information about the results of the background check.

Due to the length of time that a student participates in the variety of work experiences within the ASL/English Interpreting program, the student may need to complete two background checks.  Also, if a student is placed out of state, s/he may need to get a background check completed in that respective state according to the requirements of that state.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

Admission to the American Sign Language/English Interpreting major is selective. Freshmen students must have a minimum 2.75 high school GPA— for direct admission into the major. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.75 overall GPA for admission.

The College of Education, Health and Human Services considers a student to have established a Kent State University GPA after the student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours. Undergraduate students who have not completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours will be evaluated for admission into programs, advanced study and professional phase based on their high school GPA for new freshmen or transfer GPA for transfer students. Once a student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours, only the student’s Kent State overall GPA will be considered for admission into the program and professional phase.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to do the following:

  1. Possess commensurate competency in spoken and written English, American Sign Language, mainstream culture and Deaf Culture.
  2. Effectively interpret diverse texts, across a variety of genres and language preferences between English and American Sign Language.
  3. Appreciate the diverse consumers with whom they work, as well as the languages and cultures involved.
  4. Make appropriate, ethical and effective decisions, both in practical and authentic interpreting situations.
  5. Be motivated, teachable and willing to adapt to changing situations.
  6. Have a clear grasp on theory and practice.
  7. Understand different specializations of interpreting.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major requirements

[EH-BS-ASEI]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ASEI 43100SURVEY OF THE INTERPRETING PROFESSION (min B- grade)3
ASEI 43102INTERPRETING PROCESSES I (min C grade)3
ASEI 43103INTERPRETING PROCESSES II (min C grade)3
ASEI 43104INTERPRETING PROCESS III (min B- grade)3
ASEI 43105TRANSLITERATING (min C grade)3
ASEI 43106SCHOOL SETTING INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 43107COMMUNITY SETTING INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 43110DISCOURSE ANALYSIS FOR INTERPRETERS (min C grade)3
ASEI 43111THE PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETER (min C grade)3
ASEI 43112INTERACTIVE INTERPRETING (min C grade)3
ASEI 43113ASL TO ENGLISH INTERPRETING PROCESSES (min C grade)3
ASEI 43192ADVANCED PRACTICUM: ASL ENGLISH INTERPRETING (ELR) 9
ASEI 49625INQUIRY SEMINAR FOR ASL-ENGLISH INTERPRETERS (min C grade)3
ASL 19201ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (min C grade)4
ASL 19202ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (min C grade)4
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 49108AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE LINGUISTICS I (min C grade)3
ASL 49401DEAF CULTURE AND COMMUNITY (min C grade)3
COMM 35852INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG) (min C grade)3
MCLS 30420FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES (min C grade)3
SPED 43092DEAF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FIELD EXPERIENCE (ELR) 1
SPED 43309INTRODUCTION TO DEAF STUDIES (ELR) (WIC) (min C grade)3
SPED 43310LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS (min C grade)3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PSYC 20651CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition (min C grade)6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:121

Progression Requirements

To be eligible for the professional phase of the program (typically, students must apply for the professional phase by the end of the second week of the fourth semester), students must have the following:

  • Minimum 3.000 major GPA
  • Minimum 2.750 overall GPA
  • Minimum C grade in ASEI 43102, ASL 19201, ASL 19202, ENG 11011 and ENG 21011 (or their equivalents)
  • Minimum B- grade in ASEI 43100
  • Passing score on the portfolio interview after ASL 29202 (students who are placed directly into an advanced ASL course are not required to complete the portfolio interview)

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
3.000 2.750
  • To graduate, students must pass the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at the intermediate level or with a minimum level 2 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI).
 

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 OneCredits
!ASL 19201 ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I 4
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
!ASL 19202 ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II 4
MCLS 30420 FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
Requirement: minimum 3.000 major GPA and 2.750 overall GPA by end of semester  
!ASEI 43100 SURVEY OF THE INTERPRETING PROFESSION 3
!ASEI 43106 SCHOOL SETTING INTERPRETING 3
!ASL 29201 INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I 3
SPED 43309 INTRODUCTION TO DEAF STUDIES (ELR) (WIC) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!ASEI 43102 INTERPRETING PROCESSES I 3
ASEI 43113 ASL TO ENGLISH INTERPRETING PROCESSES 3
!ASL 29202 INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II 3
!ASL 49401 DEAF CULTURE AND COMMUNITY 3
PSYC 20651 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!ASEI 43103 INTERPRETING PROCESSES II 3
!ASEI 43111 THE PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETER 3
!ASL 39201 ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I 3
!SPED 43310 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Six
!ASEI 43105 TRANSLITERATING 3
!ASEI 43107 COMMUNITY SETTING INTERPRETING 3
!ASEI 43110 DISCOURSE ANALYSIS FOR INTERPRETERS 3
!ASL 39202 ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II 3
!SPED 43092 DEAF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FIELD EXPERIENCE (ELR) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
!ASEI 43104 INTERPRETING PROCESS III 3
!ASEI 43112 INTERACTIVE INTERPRETING 3
!ASL 49108 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE LINGUISTICS I 3
COMM 35852 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!ASEI 43192 ADVANCED PRACTICUM: ASL ENGLISH INTERPRETING (ELR) 9
!ASEI 49625 INQUIRY SEMINAR FOR ASL-ENGLISH INTERPRETERS 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:121