About Our Programs
The Associate of Science in Sign Language Studies and Bachelor of Science in Educational Interpreting Degrees offered at ISU were developed to advance awareness and meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students in educational settings. Increased educational and certification requirements for educational interpreters have created a demand for colleges and universities to offer such diplomas. Upon successful completion of the Sign Language Studies (SLS) program graduates are awarded an Associate of Science Degree and are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Interpreting (Ed Interp).
Sign Language Studies
The objective of the SLS degree (Associate of Science) is to graduate students who have a thorough awareness of the culture of the Deaf and the sociolinguistic aspects of hearing loss. The graduate of this program will have the ability to communicate conversationally with Deaf and hard of hearing signers. They will have the ability to make ethically and culturally correct choices in signing environments. An individual with an Associate Degree in Sign Language Studies will be of great benefit to any organization where conversational communication with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals might occur. While the graduate will not be trained to interpret in any environment, they will have the knowledge and awareness to secure qualified interpreting services should the situation necessitate such.
The objective of the Educational Interpreting program is to award degrees to individuals who have met requirements demonstrating sufficient signing and interpreting skills to foster educational and social enhancement of the lives of Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Graduates of the program at ISU will be able to perform entry-level freelance and educational interpreting assignments. A graduate of this program will, with on the job experience and mentorship, be capable of attaining national certification.
ISU’s Educational Interpreting program will be starting fall of 2009 at the ISU facility in Meridian. For more information, click on “Boise Program”.
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