Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education

Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Arts and Communication

@ Florissant Valley

This two-year American Sign Language interpreter education program provides the instruction and experience needed to interpret between individuals using American Sign Language and English. Students focus on a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to interpreting centered around the theory of interpretation. This professional career program consists of a comprehensive series of courses intended to provide students with the necessary mastery of the theory, techniques and skills required to enter the profession of interpretation.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their degree.

Additional information is available in our online catalog.

Courses are offered in the following rotation. Courses must be taken in the order shown, on the Florissant Valley campus. 
(CH = Credit Hours)

Associate of Applied Science – Interpreter Education Program     68 CH

FALL 1 11 CH   Spring 1   13 CH
DCS 106   ASL III    5 CH DCS 108   Orientation
to Interpreting
  3 CH
DCS 109   Etymology
for Interpreters
  3 CH  DCS 121   ASL IV    3 CH
DCS 110   Deaf Theater   3 CH DCS 206   Consecutive
Interpreting
  3 CH
    DCS 207   Simultaneous
Interpreting
  3 CH
    DCS 209   Interpreting Lab   1 CH

SUMMER 1 -
Optional but recommended

DCS 215   Interpreting Seminar    

 

  2 CH

   
 FALL 2  12 CH SPRING 2    12 CH
DCS 210   Sign to Voice
Interpreting
3 CH DCS 212   Deaf History
& Culture
3 CH
DCS 211   Specialized
Interpreting 
3 CH DCS 213   Issues & Ethics
in Interpreting
3 CH
DCS 214   Interactive
Interpreting
3 CH DCS 217   Translation
Applications
3 CH
DCS 216   Educational Interpreting  3 CH DCS 218   Pre-Workplace
Learning
3 CH

SUMMER 2 - REQUIRED    

DCS 219   Workplace Learning 

3 CH

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES


17 CH

 

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REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES: College Comp I (3 CH); College Comp II (3 CH); MTH:108 or higher (3 CH); Natural Science (3 CH, no lab required); Missouri Requirement (3 CH, history); Two Physical Education (1 CH each). Take one or two general education classes each semester. General education courses can be taken on any STLCC campus or at any accredited college. 

STLCC Advantage

Learn on specialized resources and computer programs designed for learning a visual language. 

Faculty: All American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty in a total immersion format: no voice is permitted in these classes. All interpreting faculty are certified and licensed interpreters.

To prepare for this AAS program, students must complete the Certificate of Specialization in American Sign Language with a B average or better. Applicants who already know ASL will be evaluated by a Deaf instructor and placed at the appropriate level.

Obtain a student license while still in school to begin applying your skills in real-world situations.

Attend full or part time, in day or evening classes.

Students

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

Faculty

All American Sign Language classes are taught by Deaf faculty in a total immersion format: no voice is permitted in these classes.

Flexible Schedule

This program offers the conveinence of full or part-time, day or evening classes. 

Unique Offering

STLCC-Florissant Valley is the only college in the state to offer an associate degree in Deaf Communication Studies. 

Contact Us

Hours for all campuses: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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