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.

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INTERPRETING/EDUCATIONAL SETTING (10533111)

1.00

Acquires the fundamental knowledge of the field of educational interpreting, the role and function of an educational interpreter, terminology and professional organizations.

Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERPRETING PROCESS (10533112)

5.00

Develops the principals of sign language interpreting skills for work in the K - 12 academic elementary setting. Learners apply listening, analysis, memory to produce effective expressive and receptive interpreting work. Focuses on English and American Sign Language (ASL) discourse, grammar, and vocabulary. Learners develop visual spatial awareness.

Pre/Corequisite: 10-533-122 VOCABULARY ENHANCEMENT - INTERPRETER. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1 (10533113)

2.00

Focuses on interactions using ASL among learners who have little or no knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture. Learners will learn the skills needed to communicate comfortably in a variety of situations. Cultural information is included throughout the course. Learners will interact with the Deaf community in way that demonstrates their cultural awareness and respect. 

Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree or the Professional Communication - Sign Language Interpreting in Education Certificate.

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VOCABULARY ENHANCEMENT - INTERPRETER (10533122)

4.00

Develops the fundamental skills required for producing concepts and ideas represented in American Sign Language (ASL). Learners will apply the appropriate English synonyms for sign concepts based on contextual meaning. Learners will apply more than one English word equivalent to most sign vocabulary word. A variety language and vocabulary building exercises are designed to help learners enhance their English vocabulary. Learners will develop awareness of local and regional sign variations.

Pre/Corequisite: 10-533-112 INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERPRETING PROCESS. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2 (10533114)

2.00

Expands upon the learner's previously acquired ASL 1 course skills. ASL 2 skill development focuses on expanding sign vocabulary, receptive comprehension, conversational and narrative sign fluency. Learners will develop a better understanding of appropriate Deaf cultural behaviors comparing aspects of American culture and the learner's own culture. Learners will understand their role as a student in the Deaf community. ASL 2 is designed to immerse ASL learners in an ASL - only environment.

Prerequisite: 10-533-113 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1.

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ORIENTATION TO HEARING LOSS (10533118)

3.00

Observes Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in the public schools and college settings. Learners will be able to identify and describe the settings, communication methods and support services. The learner will participate in professional organization activities and Deaf Community events as they become available. No challenge test is available.

Prerequisite: 10-533-111 INTERPRETING/EDUCATIONAL SETTING. Pre/Corequisites: 10-533-204 INTERPRETING. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

ASPECTS OF HEARING LOSS (10533121)

2.00

Explores the impact of hearing loss on the physical, mental, psychological and cultural growth of the individual. In-depth study of anatomy, physiology, audiology, etiology, psychology and culture of hearing loss. Challenge test available.

Prerequisites: 10-533-113 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1 and 10-533-111 INTERPRETING/EDUCATIONAL SETTING. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

INTERPRETING (10533204)

5.00

Prepares the learners to interpret in middle school settings. Learners will learn various strategies for interpreting classroom discourse. Learners will simultaneously interpret English to ASL and ASL to English middle school level texts.

Prerequisite: 10-533-112 INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERPRETING PROCESS. Pre/Corequisite: 10-533-118 ORIENTATION TO HEARING LOSS.

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (10809188)

3.00

Developmental Psychology is the study of human development throughout the lifespan. This course explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Human Growth & Development

ORAL INTERPRETING (10533117)

1.00

Introduces the learner to oral interpreting and covers the history of oral education and oral interpreting, related vocabulary, oral deaf community, speech production and speech reading. Other topics include techniques, organizations, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification and Cued Speech. The course satisfies licensure requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. No challenge test available.

Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

TRANSLITERATING (10533119)

5.00

Prepares the learner to work between spoken English and ASL incorporating linguistic features from both English and ASL to convey accurately the speakers intentions, maintaining the meaning and intent of the original message. Delivering a message based on English grammatical order. Learners will simultaneously transliterate English to ASL and ASL to English for high school level content.

Prerequisites: 10-533-114 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2, 10-533-204 INTERPRETING and 10-533-118 ORIENTATION TO HEARING LOSS. Pre/Corequisites: 10-533-120 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1 and 10-533-123 INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1 (10533120)

3.00

Participates as an observer and interpreter in an educational setting practicum. Participation is a guided experience in local school programs and a variety of professional growth and service activities. The learner will know and apply the RID Code of Ethics. The learner will develop an ability to assess the communication needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Prerequisites: 10-533-118 ORIENTATION TO HEARING LOSS and 10-533-121 ASPECTS OF HEARING LOSS. Pre/Corequisites: 10-533-119 TRANSLITERATING and 10-533-123 INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES (10533123)

2.00

Establishes skills in tutoring as a related educational support service. The learner will prepare to assist the Deaf and Hard of Hearing student and master teacher. The learner will access, plan, deliver and evaluate support services. Practicum participation included in course responsibilities.

Prerequisites: 10-533-114 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2, 10-533-204 INTERPRETING and 10-533-118 ORIENTATION TO HEARING LOSS. Pre/Corequisites: 10-533-119 TRANSLITERATING and 10-533-120 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 3 (10533130)

2.00

Develops advanced skills in American Sign Language including vocabulary, grammar and comprehensive communication. Emphasis will be on direct frequent contact with native ASL users. The learners explores Deaf Culture. Face to face delivery only.

Prerequisite: 10-533-114 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2.

EXCEPTIONAL PERSON (10809138)

3.00

Explore the diversity of exceptional individuals. Learners will develop an understanding of intellectual disability, giftedness, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, visual impairments, hearing loss and various physical disabilities. Learning activities will focus on educational, legal and personal life issues.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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SPEECH (10801198)

3.00

Explores the fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups. Topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques and other essential elements of speaking successfully, including the listening process form the basis of the course.

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ED INTERPRETING PRACTICUM (10533109)

5.00

Applies interpreting skills in realistic field experience for a period of nine weeks in an educational setting. These settings are outside the Wausau area.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-533-127 INTERPRETING/TRANSLITERATING and 10-533-128 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 2. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

INTERPRETING/TRANSLITERATING (10533127)

3.00

Demonstrates advanced level skill in interpreting and transliterating from elementary to 12th grade levels. The learner will exhibit readiness for the nine-week practicum.

Prerequisites: 10-533-119 TRANSLITERATING, 10-533-120 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1 and 10-533-123 INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 2 (10533128)

1.00

Participates in discussions of roles and responsibilities of the educational interpreter, current professional topics and application of the Code of Ethics. A one-day seminar is required.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-533-109 ED INTERPRETING PRACTICUM and 10-533-127 INTERPRETING/TRANSLITERATING. Condition: Accepted into the Sign Language Interpreting in Education Associate Degree program.

COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

3.00

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relationships in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and religion are explored.

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INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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