Sign Language Interpretation

Campus
Coquitlam
Learning Format
Full-time
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment
Offered
Fall

Overview

The Sign Language Interpretation Diploma Program prepares students to facilitate communication between hearing and deaf people in a variety of settings. Students learn principles of managing interpretation, communicating bilingually, interacting biculturally and following professional standards. Students entering the Sign Language Interpretation Program must already have a foundation in American Sign Language.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 63 credits (includes English Exit requirement)
  • 25% (16 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • English Exit requirement: English 1130 or equivalent.
  • Students are responsible for providing all necessary documentation to demonstrate English Entrance and Exit Policy requirements or equivalencies.

Course Requirement:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Semester I

CFCS 1110

Introduction to Community

3.00

CFCS 1130

Change and Development: Lifespan

3.00

INTR 1142

Foundations of Practice

1.50

INTR 1145

Discourse Analysis and Translation

3.00

INTR 1175

Pre-Interpreting ASL I

3.50

INTR 1120

Self and Professional Practice (biennial)

1.50

Semester I Total Credits

 

15.50

Semester II

INTR 1225

Professional and Cultural Mediation

3.00

INTR 1241

Sign Language Interpretation - Practicum I

4.50

INTR 1242

Introduction to Practice

1.50

INTR 1275

Pre-Interpreting ASL II

3.50

INTR 1285

Deafhood:Global Diversity in Deaf Culture

3.00

Semester II Total Credits

 

15.50

INTR 1290

Community-based Language and Culture in Action
(taken during the Summer before Semester III)

1.50

Semester III

INTR 2300

Language and Culture in Action: Interpretation I

6.00

INTR 2310

Professional and Business Practices

3.00

INTR 2375

Pre-Interpreting ASL III

4.50

INTR 2320

Interpreting in Educational Settings

2.00

Semester III Total Credits

 

15.50

Semester IV

INTR 2400

Language and Culture in Action: Interpretation II

1.50

INTR 2420

Sign Language Interpretation - Practicum II

4.50

INTR 2440

Sign Language Interpretation - Practicum III

4.50

INTR 2475

Pre-Interpreting ASL IV

1.50

Semester IV Total Credits

 

12.00

* Select one course from the following 4 options (English Exit Requirement):  

CMNS 1110

Workplace Writing for Child, Family and Community Studies

3.00

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing

3.00

ENGL 1130

Academic Writing

3.00

UT English Course

Any UT English course with a grade of C-

3.00

 Total Program Credits

 

63.00

Grading of fourth semester is based on an exiting portfolio in which students demonstrate mastery of critical skills and knowledge.

 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements;
  • successful completion of ENGL 1130 or CMNS 1115 (3 credits) (or equivalent as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide);
  • proficiency in American Sign Language (demonstrated during the screening and selection process); and
  • an understanding of the Deaf community, Deaf culture, hearing culture and the field of Sign Language interpreting, as demonstrated by one of the following:

               successful completion of an ASL and Deaf Studies Program; or

               successful completion of the following seven courses (21 credits) (or equivalent as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide):

                 -  One of CMNS 1104 or CMNS 1216 (3 credits)

                 -  One of CMNS 1125 or PEFA 1100 (3 credits)

                 -  INTR 1101 (3 credits)

                 -  INTR 1102 (3 credits)

                 -  INTR 1103 (3 credits)

                 -  One 11XX-level (first-year) LING (3 credits)

                 -  SOCI 1125 (3 credits)

 

Cost

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Career Pathways

Sign Language interpreting is a rapidly expanding field, due to the need of deaf individuals to access education, career development, medical/mental health services and community programs. Graduates may be employed in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education or by provincial, federal or community agencies. Graduates may opt to work as self-employed, independent contractors, providing services in even more diverse settings.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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Tuition Deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.