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Sign Language Interpreter Education

Associate in Applied Science

The program in interpreting prepares students for basic entry-level skills in sign language interpreting and transliterating. The American Sign Language courses prepare students to communicate effectively in ASL. The Interpreter Education courses provide theories of interpreting as well as specific training for interpreting/transliterating skill development. Students will gain a working knowledge of the Deaf Community, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct, certification options, and the field of interpreting in various settings.

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Program Information

All specific interpreter training courses in the SLIE programs starting with SLIE 220 require College Level Reading (Placement into ENGL-100 (ACSR-100), or completion of RDNG-030, ACLT-075 or ACLT-076)

Program Requirements

The SLIE program requires one year of American Sign Language study before beginning program courses. This includes taking and successfully passing ASL 101 with a 2.5 or above, ASL 102 with a 3.0 or above, and ASL 111 Deaf Culture with a 3.0 or above.

In all program specific courses, students will be required to perform assignments using American Sign Language in front of their classmates and instructors.

In all program specific courses, students are required to engage in out of class activities within the Deaf Community as an integral part of their ASL development. In addition to tuition, students may incur additional costs related to admission fees at community events.

Advanced SLIE students are required to engage in out of class activities such as observation of professional interpreters and volunteerism within the Deaf Community. In addition to tuition, students may incur additional costs related to pre-internship and internship requirements such as travel, fingerprinting or background check fees, and entry fees into professional workshops, interpreted plays, etc.

ASL Fluency Requirement: Mott Community College American Sign Language Readiness Interview (MCC-ASLRI)
Get more information on the MCC-ASLRI .

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SLIE 290 Practicum I and SLIE 291 Practicum II are the capstone courses for the SLIE program.
Students in these courses participate in an internship program in the field, working with professional interpreters, ASL mentors, and members of the Deaf Community.

There is a video assessment that happens at the end of SLIE 290 that evaluates interpreting skill levels of students to ensure proper preparedness and skill development. To enroll in SLIE 291 Practicum II, students must pass the video assessment in SLIE 290. See program documents for more information about the SLIE Internship Program.

State Certification Requirements

Michigan law requires that in order to work as a sign language interpreter in Michigan, one must obtain and maintain interpreter certification. Certification tests are administered independent of the Sign Language Interpreter Education Program (SLIE) at Mott Community College. Certification testing is administered either through the State Division on Deafness, Deaf-Blind, and Hard-of-Hearing (DODDBHH) or through the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). The SLIE occupational program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, experiences, and training for those who want to enter the field of sign language interpreting.

There are restrictions to obtaining and holding certification in the state of Michigan. The rules and regulations for PA 204 The Deaf Persons’ Interpreter Act state:

  • Good moral character. Rule 33.
    1. The division shall not issue certification, renew certification, nor test for certification, if the applicant lacks good moral character.
    2. The conviction for any of the following felonies by an applicant in a court of competent jurisdiction in any state, shall be evidence of a lack of good moral character: (a) Homicide. (b) Murder. (c) Manslaughter. (d) Criminal sexual conduct in any degree. (e) Felonious assault or battery. (f) Armed robbery. (g) Extortion. (h) Larceny. (i) Embezzlement. (j) Elder exploitation.
    3. This rule does not apply to an applicant with an expunged record or pardon.

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 69
  • Contact Hours: 73

Recommended Math Pathway: MATH-115

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 or ENGL-103 and ENGL-102 or ENGL-104

Degree Pathway

Course Name Course Notes Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
Program Pre-Requisites
To be taken before admission to program
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Year One
Winter
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Year One
Spring / Summer
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Total 10 12
Year Two
Fall
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Year Two
Winter
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Notes
*Pre-Requisite courses and electives not counted toward degree totals
**Spring
*** Spring/Summer combined
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