Changes in Requirements & Programming
In recent years, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf began requiring a bachelor’s degree in order for prospective interpreters to sit for the national professional certification exam. Previously, interpreter training required a two-year associate degree. To meet the growing needs of the Deaf community, FRCC made the decision to sunset our well-respected, two-year Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) in May 2020.
We now focus on offering American Sign Language (ASL) foundational courses to help students who want to become interpreters prepare to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. One of FRCC's goals is to ensure that this coursework transfers smoothly to the University of Northern Colorado's ASL-English interpretation program.
This allows students to take American Sign Language courses that apply to a bachelor’s degree program while working on an associate degree.
FRCC’s AA Transfer Degree to UNC’s ASL-English Interpretation (ASLEI) Bachelor's Degree
FRCC's partnership with the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) allows students to take ASL course that apply to a bachelor's degree while working on an Associate of Arts (AA) degree.
Want to become an interpreter? After earning your AA from FRCC, you can transfer to UNC as a junior to earn your bachelor's in ASL-English Interpreting Studies (ASLEI). You'll also save money on your first two years of college by starting at FRCC.
The FRCC curriculum is fully aligned with UNC to make the transition process a smooth one. Graduates of this UNC program can go on to become entry-level sign language interpreters in community or educational settings.
If you are planning to transfer to UNC’s ASLEI Bachelor of Arts program, you are required to begin FRCC’s associate degree program with a demonstrated ASL122 (ASL 2) competency of B or better in ASL 121, or at least an 85% on the ASL screening test.
This 60-credit program can be completed in four semesters.
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