Occupational Objectives: A majority of full-time ASL-English interpretation positions in
the Commonwealth are found in the K-12 public school setting. The
minimum requirement to work as an ASL-English interpreter in the K-12
setting in Virginia is a VQAS Level III, an EIPA of 3.5 or higher, or national certification. Those interpreters who attain national certification
may also consider freelance and contract interpreting opportunities,
including the expanding fields of video relay service (VRS) and video
remote interpreting (VRI), which both utilize interactive video
technology via the Internet.
Admission Requirements: General
college curricular admission
ASL-English Interpretation is a two-year, full-time course of study that
enrolls new students annually to begin coursework during the spring semester with programmatic content provided year-round until
completion. Candidates for admission to the program must provide evidence of fluency
in both English and ASL. Fluency in English is demonstrated by
placement into ENG 111. Fluency in ASL is demonstrated by completion of
the American Sign Language Career Studies Certificate and successful
completion of the following courses with a “C” or higher: ASL 125,
ASL 220, and ASL 261. Fluency in ASL may also be demonstrated
through a placement interview with the American Sign Language and
Interpreter Education program head.
As part of the ASL-English
Interpretation curriculum, students are prepared to sit for the National
Interpreting Certification (NIC) evaluation. Successful completion of
this 3-step process results in national certification as an ASL-English
interpreter, which may be maintained through the Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) via continuing education.
As of July 1, 2012,
individuals are required to
have a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, as determined by the National
Council on Interpreting (NCI), in order to sit for the NIC evaluation.
For more information, please contact the ASL&IE Program Head regarding
alternative pathways to certification (i.e., without a bachelor degree). For
more information on the NIC, please visit www.rid.org.
The student must receive a passing score on either the VQAS, EIPA or NIC
written assessment portion or a "C" or higher in INT 130 prior to initiating INT 280, Interpreter
Assessment Preparation, offered during spring semester, year 2. It is typical
for students to sit for the VQAS or EIPA performance exam during the
spring or summer semesters, year 2. Initiation of INT 290, ASL-English Interpretation
Internship, during the fall of year 2 is typical. The Virginia Quality Assurance
Screening (VQAS) is a state screening, valid for three years by which
time the interpreter must be screened again. For more information on
the VQAS, please visit
http://www.vddhh.org or contact the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(VDDHH) at 1-800-552-7917 [V/TTY]. The Educational Interpreter
Performance Assessment (EIPA) is administered by Boys' Town. For more
information, please visit www.classroominterpreting.org.
Books and Supplies
$400 first semester; $200 for all other semesters
RID for NIC fees; contact VDDHH for VQAS fees; contact Boys'
Town for EIPA fees
Computer Competency Requirement: Students in this program
will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully
completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing
the college’s computer competency exam administered in the testing
centers on each campus, in which they will receive college credit for
ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake
the exam only once.