Wednesday – October 22, 2014

 

Interpreter Technician

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-533-2

 

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC


Overview
— The Interpreter Technician program prepares you for entry-level employment as a sign language interpreter for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons. Coursework includes learning to interpret spoken English of hearing people for presenting to deaf and hard-of-hearing people in American Sign Language, and you will be instructed in interpreting American Sign Language into spoken English. This program also assists in developing knowledge of the culture of deaf people in America.

Upon successful completion of this program, you may take the State of Wisconsin Interpreter/Transliterator Assessment and/or the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., National Interpreter Certification written exam.


Career Outlook
— Your work as a sign language interpreter will take you to a variety of community-based settings. Increasing numbers of community agencies, organizations and service providers are hiring interpreters in conformance with federal regulations. At present, most full-time jobs are in the educational setting, but there is a growing trend in human services agencies. Freelance opportunities are abundant.

Generally, pay scales are based on skill level. State and national tests may be taken to demonstrate skill.


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

• Demonstrate proficiency in interpreting spoken English into American Sign Language, and American Sign Language into spoken English

• Reflect an understanding of the American deaf culture

• Provide orientations on the appropriate use of American Sign Language interpreters to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing consumers

• Maintain confidentiality and be guided by the Code of Ethics of the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf, Inc.

• Exhibit strong interpersonal communications skills

• Demonstrate superior English language skills

 

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

• A high school diploma or GED

• Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

• Completion of two years of ASL in high school, or MATC's courses INTP-126 and INTP-127 American Sign Language 1 and 2, or the equivalent

• Completion of MATC’s Health Examination Packet and a criminal background check

Attributes that contribute to success in this program include good vision, eye-hand coordination, motor coordination, firm grasp of the English language, fluent reading skills, and a broad vocabulary. One also needs the ability to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.

 

Possible Careers:
Communication Assistant
Educational Interpreter
Freelance Interpreter
Interpreter
Referral Coordinator
Staff Interpreter

 

Related Program:
Human Service Associate

 

Start Date: August

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

INTP-131

Interpreting 1 ‡

5

 

(1)

 

INTP-133

American Sign Language Linguistics ‡

3

 

(1)

INTP-139

Orientation to Deafness

3

(2)

 

INTP-143

Interpreting 2 ‡

5

 

(2)

 

INTP-145

The Interpreting Process ‡

2

 

(2)

 

INTP-147

Interpreting Ethics ‡

3

 

(2)

INTP-149

Social Aspects of Deafness ‡

3

(3)

 

INTP-138

Interpreting 3 ‡

5

 

(3)

 

INTP-151

Educational Interpreting: Theory and Function ‡

3

 

(4)

 

INTP-144

Interpreting 4 ‡

3

 

(4)

 

INTP-153

Occupational Experience ‡

5

 

(4)

 

INTP-161

Employment Preparation for Interpreters ‡

3

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 

(or) Any 200-series ECON course

 


ENG-151 and


Communication Skills 1‡


3

 

 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

(or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

 


MATH-107


College Mathematics ‡


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series MATH course

 

 

 


NATSCI-167


Science of Technology


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series NATSCI course

 

 

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

 

 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society ‡


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series SOCSCI or HIST course

 

 

           

 

 

ELECTIVES

Suggested Electives: Six Credits Needed   

     6

 

 

 

INTP-135

Building Conversational Fluency ‡

 

 

 

INTP-150

Oral Interpreting ‡

 

 

 

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.