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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Professions in Deafness (BS)

Mission

The Professions In Deafness Program Area is a national center for language accessibility and justice orientated leadership, education, and research, that enables transformative social and language justice with members and allies of the Deaf community.

Professions In Deafness Mission:
The Professions In Deafness Program Area is committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of a diverse group of students and faculty through transformational learning environments and authentic experiences reflective of a language acquisition, accessibility, and culturally inclusive framework. Our graduates embody the necessary knowledge and skills to practice, lead, and conduct research in their respective fields of interpreting, education, and advocacy within the Deaf community.

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 for foundational courses for all three concentrations in the Professions in Deafness program to include; K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure, Advocacy and Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Interpreter Preparation concentrations. This is assessment is part of the PID program benchmarks. This assessmnet screens the signing and language abilities of students as they progress through the American Sign Language course progression.
(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 a 2.0 or Higher Level
Acquire and demonstrate a 2.0 or higher level on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) Scale focusing on vocabulary, sign production, fluency, American Sign Language grammar, and comprehension skills. This assessment is one of the benchmark assessments for PID students in all three concentrations within the Professions in Deafness major to include; K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure, Advocacy and Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
(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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