Tuesday – January 16, 2018

Interpreter Technician (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences / Human Services Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-533-2

 

For Information: 414-297-6584
Wisconsin Relay System 711
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC


Overview — Prepare 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 (ASL), 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.

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


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


Career Pathway — This program featuers exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contat an MATC advisor for information.


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 Professional Conduct 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:

• 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

 

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

 

Related Program
Human Service Associate

 

Start Date: August
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

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.


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

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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated March 2017.