Interpreter Training Program (ITP)

Description

The Interpreter Training Program at Cincinnati State is a stepping stone toward competency in the field of sign language interpreting, including extensive coursework in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies. The combination of classroom instruction, experiential and self-directed growth, and community involvement creates a rich learning environment.

Interpreting between ASL and English is a challenging and complex task. Students learning the profession must develop fluency in a language that is different from spoken languages. Once fluency is achieved, students must develop the skills to facilitate communication quickly and accurately between the two languages.

The skills required for success in Interpreter Training cannot be mastered through classroom attendance alone. Students must devote a great deal of time to study, practice, skill development, observation, and community involvement. To complete the degree program successfully, students must be able to comprehend, write, and speak in English fluently.

Program graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Program Code

ITP.AAS

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work as an entry-level interpreter
  • Transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Interpreter of Sign Language
  • Transliterator of Sign Language

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$15 to $40/hour (freelance or hourly services), or $30,000 to $45,000 annually (staff employee)

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of all types of interpreters is projected to grow by 46 percent through 2022, and demand for American Sign Language interpreters is expected to grow rapidly as well. Some venues/settings can be entered immediately upon graduation; others may need more experience, skill-building, and/or certification. Opportunities for sign language interpreters include conference interpreting, cruise/vacation interpreting, deaf/blind interpreting, educational interpreting, legal interpreting, medical interpreting, mental health interpreting, religious interpreting, theatrical interpreting, video relay interpreting, and vocational interpreting.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Cincinnati Christian University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Wright State University

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • K–12 and post-secondary institutions
  • Area churches and religious organizations
  • Community and professional theatrical groups
  • Deaf/blind organizations/events
  • Interpreter referral agencies
  • Mental health agencies
  • Other community organizations /associations

Co-op Salary Projections

Unpaid practicum experience is required

Curriculum

Interpreter Training Program (ITP)

Program Prerequisite: ITP 101 Beginning American Sign Language 1 and ITP 102 Beginning American Sign Language 2 andITP 140 Fingerspelling and Numbers or ITP Program Chair consent.

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
ITP 201 Intermediate American Sign Language 1 ( B) 3 1 3
ITP 125 Deaf Culture and History ( B) 2 0 2
ITP 120 Psychosocial Aspects of Deafness ( B) 2 0 2
Semester 2      
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
ITP 202 Intermediate American Sign Language 2 ( B) 3 1 3
ITP 135 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession ( B) 2 0 2
ITP 130 Legal Issues of Deafness ( B) 1 0 1
ENG 1XX English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 3      
ITP 220 Educational Intepreting ( B) 2 0 2
ITP 230 Intermediate Assessment ( B) 1 0 1
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)   3 2 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)   3 0 3
ITP XXX Interpreting Elective (B)   2 0 2
Semester 4      
ITP 251 Advanced American Sign Language 1 ( T) 3 1 3
ITP 261 Advanced Interpreting 1: Sign to Voice ( T) 3 0 3
ITP 250 Interactive Interpreting ( T) 3 0 3
ITP 270 Transliterating ( T) 3 0 3
Semester 5      
ITP 252 Advanced American Sign Language 2 ( T) 3 1 3
ITP 265 Interpreting in Specialized Settings ( T) 3 0 3
ITP XXX Interpreting Practicum 1 Option (T)   2 10 3
Semester 6      
ITP 262 Advanced Interpreting 2: Sign to Voice ( T) 3 0 3
ITP 280 Interpreter Professionalism ( T) 2 0 2
ITP XXX Interpreting Practicum 2 Option (T)   2 10 3
ITP 275 Interpreting in Medical Settings ( T) 2 0 2
Total Credits:   63 26 65

Electives

English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Interpreting Elective  
ITP 205 Performance Interpreting 2
ITP 210 Deaf-Blind Interpreting 2
ITP 215 Religious Interpreting 2
ITP 225 Vocabulary Building 2
Arts/Humanities Elective  
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130 3
Mathematics Elective  
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4
Interpreting Practicum Options (6 credits of practicum required)  
ITP 191 ITP Limited Practicum 1 1
ITP 192 ITP Limited Practicum 2 1
ITP 193 ITP Limited Practicum 3 1
ITP 194 ITP Limited Practicum 4 1
ITP 195 ITP Limited Practicum 5 1
ITP 196 ITP Limited Practicum 6 1
ITP 291 ITP Parallel Practicum 1 2
ITP 292 ITP Parallel Practicum 2 2
ITP 293 ITP Parallel Practicum 3 2
ITP 294 Educational Interpreting Practicum 2
ITP 295 ITP General Practicum 1 3
ITP 296 ITP General Practicum 2 3

Contacts

Program Chair
Dawn Caudill, CI, CT, NADS
(513) 569-5753