American Sign Language and Interpreter Studies

Deaf Support Specialist

Certificate

The certificate program in Deaf Support is comprised of 8 technical courses totaling 22 credit hours. A Deaf Support is responsible for assistance with advocating, educating and promoting community awareness pertaining to Deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing communities. Their responsibilities involve supporting Deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers with independent living skills, informing them of community services available, and educating them in terms of their rights as they relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, they may assist with locating the latest rehabilitative and/or assistive technological devices.  The Deaf Support Specialist Certificate program is designed to provide students with a foundation for entry level Deaf Support Specialist jobs. 

Trilingual Interpreter

Certificate

The Trilingual Enhanced certificate was created to strengthen the skills of an interpreter who is currently utilizing the three languages of ASL, English and spoken Spanish in his or her professional work. This certificate was also designed to offer training to interpreters who would like to utilize these three languages or to add to their existing skills. The Trilingual Enhanced certificate requires a minimum language proficiency in both American Sign Language and Spanish.

Specialization: Sign Language Interpreter

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science degree in the Sign Language Interpreter Specialization is comprised of a combination of technical and general education courses. The degree requires 63 credit hours of designated coursework. Students must take a mid-program evaluation, the State Certification Basic Exam, as well as a program exit exam in order to complete the degree requirements. Students are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in all program coursework. Students interested in pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree are required to consult with department staff before registering for any SLNG classes.

The Sign Language Interpreter option is for individuals seeking employment as an interpreter. An interpreter is one who facilitates communication between persons who do not share the same language. Interpreting between Deaf and Hearing cultures is a process of communicating spoken English messages into American Sign Language or Signed English as well as rendering American Sign Language or Signed English messages into spoken English.

Specialization: Deaf Support Specialist

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science degree in the Deaf Support Specialist Specialization is comprised of a combination of technical and general education courses. The degree requires 65 credit hours of designated coursework. Students must take a mid-program evaluation and a program exit exam in order to complete the degree requirements. In addition, students will acquire social, cultural and educational foundations necessary for working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers in a variety of settings. Students are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in all program coursework. The program is designed to provide the student with sign language communication skills necessary to communicate with a broad cross-section of Deaf consumers.

Students interested in pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree are required to consult with department staff before registering for any SLNG classes. The Associates of Applied Science degree, Deaf Support Specialist option is for individuals seeking employment as an advocate, job coach, mentor and/or para-professional to Deaf consumers. Successful completion of degree requirements ensures that the student is knowledgeable of linguistic and cultural aspects pertinent to the Deaf Community. Successful candidates will have also achieved proficiency in the expression and comprehension of American Sign Language.

Members

Chris Ardis, American Sign Language Teacher
Brook Velarde Hernandez, Manager for VAIL
Nora McAllister, South Texas College ASL Interpreter
Dr. Shawn Saladin, Associate Dean of Education and Research at UTPA
Ernie Pena, ASL Interpreter
Vanessa Vera, DARS Counselor

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Ety Bischoff, Dean, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Certificate

Associates Degrees

Deaf Support Specialist Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
SLNG 1304 American Sign Language (ASL) I 3
SLNG 1300 Fundamentals for Deaf Support Specialist/Service Provider 3
 Credit Hours6
Spring
SLNG 1305 American Sign Language (ASL) II 3
SLNG 2330 Advanced Techniques for Deaf Support Specialist/Service Providers 3
SLNG 1311 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
SLNG 1344 American Sign Language (ASL) III 3
SLNG 1317 Introduction to the Deaf Community 3
SLNG 2187 Capstone: Internship I 1
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours22 Credit Hours

Trilingual Interpreter Certificate1

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
SLNG 2370 Trilingual Interpreting I 3
SLNG 2373 Latino Interpreting Issues 3
 Credit Hours6
Second Semester
SLNG 2372 Trilingual Interpreting II 3
SPAN 2389 Academic Cooperative 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours12 Credit Hours
1

To be eligible for the Enhanced Trilingual Interpreter certificate, the student must be a State Level I/Basic Certified Interpreter or have completed an accredited Interpreter Training Program. Students may obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree without the Enhanced Trilingual Interpreter Certificate.

American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies 

Specialization: Deaf Support Specialist Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
DRAM 1351 Acting I 1 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 1 3
SLNG 1304 American Sign Language (ASL) I 3
SLNG 1300 Fundamentals for Deaf Support Specialist/Service Provider 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SLNG 1305 American Sign Language (ASL) II 3
SLNG 1311 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I 1 4
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work 1 3
SLNG 1315 Visual/Gestural Communication 3
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session I
SLNG 1344
American Sign Language (ASL) III
or Intermediate American Sign Language I
3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 1 3
SLNG 1347 Deaf Culture 3
 Credit Hours9
Third Semester
SLNG 2187 Capstone: Internship I 1
SLNG 1317 Introduction to the Deaf Community 3
SLNG 1345
American Sign Language (ASL) IV
or Intermediate American Sign Language II
3
SPAN 2313 Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers I 3
SLNG 1350 Sign-to-Voice 3
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
SLNG 2188 Capstone: Internship II 1
SLNG 2303 Transliterating 3
SLNG 2434 American Sign Language (ASL) V 4
SLNG 2330 Advanced Techniques for Deaf Support Specialist/Service Providers 3
 Credit Hours11
Summer Session II
SLNG 2189 Capstone: Internship III 1
 Credit Hours1
 Total Credit Hours65 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement 

American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies 

Specialization: Sign Language Interpreter Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
DRAM 1351 Acting I 1 3
SLNG 1304 American Sign Language (ASL) I 3
SLNG 1321 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
SLNG 1305 American Sign Language (ASL) II 3
SLNG 1311 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I 1 4
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work 1 3
 Credit Hours13
Summer Session I
SLNG 1344
American Sign Language (ASL) III
or Intermediate American Sign Language I
3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 1 3
 Credit Hours6
Third Semester
SLNG 2187 Capstone: Internship I 1
SLNG 2401 Interpreting I 4
SLNG 1345
American Sign Language (ASL) IV
or Intermediate American Sign Language II
3
SLNG 2411 Interpreting in Specialized Settings 4
SLNG 1350 Sign-to-Voice 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
SLNG 2188 Capstone: Internship II 1
SLNG 2402 Interpreting II 4
SLNG 2303 Transliterating 3
SLNG 2434 American Sign Language (ASL) V 4
 Credit Hours12
Summer Session II
SLNG 2189 Capstone: Internship III 1
SLNG 2431 Interpreting III 4
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours63 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement