Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Sign Language Interpreter Training

Social Sciences/Career Options

1048 Cedar Hall

319-398-1241

www.kirkwood.edu/careeroptions

Entry time

Fall, Spring or Summer

Award

Associate of Arts degree

2 years (5 semesters, 2 summers)

Associate of Science/Career Option degree is also available. See program coordinator for information.

The Sign Language Interpreter Training program prepares students to communicate with and interpret for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program develops an awareness of the social, physiological and legal aspects of deafness, in addition to sign language interpreter skills. Graduates of the program will be prepared for immediate entry-level employment in schools, vocational centers and human service agencies.

All of the courses offered in the curriculum are transfer-level. Kirkwood provides advising to help students choose courses that meet transfer institutions’ requirements. Graduates of the program, therefore, have the option of pursuing advanced degrees in education, special education, speech therapy, audiology or counseling with the deaf or hard of hearing.

Career opportunities: interpret for deaf/hard of hearing, teacher of deaf or hard-of-hearing students, social worker for the deaf, vocational rehabilitation counselor, American Sign Language for foreign language credit.

Required Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester (Fall)

ASL-141

American Sign Language I

4

ITP-120

Introduction to Interpreting

3

ITP-130

Social Aspects of Deaf Culture

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

 

13

Second Semester (Spring)

ASL-171

American Sign Language II

4

ENG-105

Composition I

3

ITP-101

Independent Skills Lab I

2

ITP-150

Process Analysis

4

PSY-121

Developmental Psychology

3

 

 

16

Summer Term

ASL-241

American Sign Language III

3

ITP-102

Independent Skills Lab II

2

ITP-161

Signing Systems in the Educational Setting

3

ITP-255

Professional Settings

3

 

 

11

Third Semester (Fall)

ASL-271

American Sign Language IV

3

ENG-106

Composition II

3

ITP-221

Interpreting I

4

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

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Math core

3

 

 

16

Fourth Semester (Spring)

ITP-222

Interpreting II

3

ITP-954

Practicum and Seminar

6

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Science core

3

 

 

12

Fifth Semester

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Science core

3

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Social Science core

3

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Humanities – Art & Ideas

3

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Humanities – Core

3

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Humanities – Literature

3

 

 

15

Total program credit hours

83