Program Description

The Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program is for learners who are passionate about working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind students in the K-12 academic setting. This program is for learners who are curious lifelong learners, have a love for languages, are comfortable working before large and small audiences, enjoy social interaction and have the ability to store knowledge in short and long term memory.

The Sign Language Interpreting in Education program has articulation agreements with various 4-year institutions. Faculty will bring real world experiences into the classroom and learners will have the opportunity to observe working sign language interpreters and work in the field under supervision. This program will have a practicum or internship which will provide real world working experience in a variety of educational settings with highly skilled licensed/certified interpreters to supervise work.

Upon completion of the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program graduates are required to take and pass a national written and performance evaluation in order to meet the State of Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) License O020.

Approximate Cost

$10,675
Tuition: $10150 , Books: $523

Starting Salary

$34,632–$38,366
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available
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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
20-30%
at Antigo
20-30%
at Medford
20-30%
at Phillips
20-30%
at Spencer
10-20%
at Wittenberg
20-30%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Apply RID Code of Professional Conduct to the educational setting
  • Recognize need for continued professional development
  • Function as part of an educational team
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hearing loss and its implications to education
  • Function as a tutor/support service provider in an educational setting
  • Function as an educational sign language interpreter/transliterator in an educational setting

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Interpreter/Tutor
  • Educational Sign Language Interpreter

Courses

The Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree is a 64 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

INTERPRETING/EDUCATIONAL SETTING 1.00
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERPRETING PROCESS 5.00
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1 2.00
VOCABULARY ENHANCEMENT - INTERPRETER 4.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2 2.00
ORIENTATION TO HEARING LOSS 3.00
ASPECTS OF HEARING LOSS 2.00
INTERPRETING 5.00
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

ORAL INTERPRETING 1.00
TRANSLITERATING 5.00
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1 3.00
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES 2.00
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 3 2.00
EXCEPTIONAL PERSON 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
SPEECH 3.00

Fourth Term

ED INTERPRETING PRACTICUM 5.00
INTERPRETING/TRANSLITERATING 3.00
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 2 1.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.