The purpose is to train individuals with proficiency in American Sign Language to become interpreters for the Deaf. The focus is on developing the processing skills necessary to proceed from being a "signer" to becoming a transliterator/interpreter. Coursework will focus on processing skills, transliterating skills, and continued sign vocabulary development, as well as a specialized focus on interpreting in the educational setting. The objective of this career studies certificate is to prepare individuals to take the Virginia Quality Assurance Screening (QAS). Occupational opportunities include working as an interpreter in the public schools as well as working as an interpreter in private practice.
Admission Requirements: Candidates for admission must provide evidence of having taken beginning, intermediate and advanced American Sign Language courses or exhibit vocabulary, expressive signing skills and receptive signing skills equivalent to someone at the advanced level, as well as proficiency in English, preferably at the ENG 111 level.