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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Professions in Deafness (BS) Interpreter Preparation

Mission

The Interpreter Preparation Concentration takes seriously its commitment to preparing highly qualified future Interpreters in both educational and community settings. As an integral part of that mission, our program partners with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities and professionals in the field to provide interaction with diverse populations and cultures within those communities, and upholds standards of ethical practices and professionalism put forth by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Its is our primary and essential mission to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge about American Sign Language, diverse sign modes, interpreting, Deaf literature, and Deaf culture.

Learning Outcomes

A Basic Level of Signed Communication and Sign Language Skills
Demonstrate a basic level of signed communication skills to include: written English, spoken English, American Sign Language expressive and receptive competency, pantomime and gesture abilities, facial expressions and auditory/cognitive processing skills. Many students do not have the aptitude for learning a language and/or demonstrate fluency in American Sign Language. This assessment is currently used as a screening tool for progression through the language portion of the interpreter preparation program in order to screen the signing and language abilities of students.

(This outcome is linked to the accreditation standards put forth by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). The following standards are linked to this outcome 3 B, and Standard 6 A, B and D in the CCIE Standards of Accreditation. Currently the Interpreter Preparation Concentration within the Professions in Deafness program at UNCG is not accredited however, plans are in place to work towards accreditation. These outcomes will help in the self-study and the eventual accreditation process with the CCIE.)

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview at 2.0 or Higher Level
Acquire and demonstrate Level 2 rating on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) focusing on vocabulary, accent/sign production, fluency, American Sign Language grammar and comprehension skills.

(This outcome is linked to the accreditation standards put forth by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). The following standards are linked to this outcome 3 B, and Standard 6 A, B and D in the CCIE Standards of Accreditation. Currently the Interpreter Preparation Concentration within the Professions in Deafness program at UNCG is not accredited however, plans are in place to work towards accreditation. These outcomes will help in the self-study and the eventual accreditation process with the CCIE.)

Sign Language Proficiency at the Intermediate Level
The program has a responsibility to the student and to the Deaf Community to assess one’s potential for success in the major. If a student does not have the aptitude for becoming proficient in ASL, we would not want him/her to spend the time, energy and money to continue in a program where they would not be able to succeed in all their classes (i.e. earn the required B- or above) and have the skills necessary to complete an internship and pass state or national assessments. The program also has a responsibility to the Deaf Community to graduate highly qualified professionals who can provide excellent services for children, youth and adults who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

While many students may initially pass the PEPSI (Program Entry Potential in Signing & Interpreting), the level of ASL instruction has become more advanced and therefore a second assessment is given after a student has had 6 months of training.

(This outcome is linked to the accreditation standards put forth by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). The following standards are linked to this outcome 3 B, and Standard 6 A, B and D in the CCIE Standards of Accreditation. Currently the Interpreter Preparation Concentration within the Professions in Deafness program at UNCG is not accredited however, plans are in place to work towards accreditation. These outcomes will help in the self-study and the eventual accreditation process with the CCIE.)

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