ASL-English Interpreting Preparation Transfer Options

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.

Coursework

This 60-credit program can be completed in four semesters.

Course  Title   Credits
ASL 1123 American Sign Language (ASL) III
5
ENG 1021
English Composition I
3
ANT 1001
Cultural Anthropology
3
COM 115/125/220
GEN EDU
Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communications/Intercultural Communication
3
Course  Title   Credits
ASL 2221
American Sign Language (ASL) IV: GT-AH4
3
ENG 1022
English Composition II
3
MATH
Mathematics for the Liberal Arts or Intro to Statistics
3-4
IPP 1047
Deaf Culture
3
GT- SS
Any Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS)
Recommend PSY 101 or SOC 101
3
  Pass UNC DOC
 
Course  Title   Credits
ASL 2222
American Sign Language (ASL) V: GT-AH4
3
ASL 2244
ASL Linguistics
3
GT- SC1
Any Guaranteed Transfer Science
(Recommend BIO 104 or BIO 105)
4
GT- HI1
Any Guaranteed Transfer History
3
IPP 1021
Aspects of Interpreting I (IPP Introduction to Interpreting 135 also accepted from 20/21)
3
Course  Title   Credits

Apply to ASLEI at UNC by application deadline (60-62 credits transferring to UNC: 42-45 LAC credits met.).
3
ASL 2223
American Sign Language VI
3
GT- SC1/2
Any Guaranteed Transfer Science GT-SC1/2
4
GT- AH1/2/3
Any Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1, AH2, or AH3) Course
 3
ASL 2243
Discourse Analysis
3
ELECTIVE
Any Approved Elective List Course
3
After spring semester of Year 2 at FRCC, students will have completed their AA and will transfer to UNC for Year 1 summer semester.

Questions?

Check out our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions about FRCC ASL/Interpreting Preparation.

Contact Us

Michelle Stricklen
ASL Lead Faculty

Susan Faltinson
IPP Faculty