American Sign Language Certificate
MC's American Sign Language certificate program provides you with a foundation to pursue business or other service-oriented fields where you might be called upon to communicate directly with Deaf clients. This program also prepares you to enter an interpreter training program, to enhance your knowledge of the language’s structure and syntax, and to improve your understanding of Deaf culture to better communicate with Deaf family, friends, neighbors, and community members.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Integrate and recognize ASL registers.
- Demonstrate competency in ASL expressive and receptive skills at a minimum level 2 proficiency.
- Demonstrate competency in visual gestural communication and finger spelling.
- Demonstrate support and respect for ASL as the visual language of the Deaf community.
- Achieve an overall proficiency rating in all skill areas, both linguistic and pragmatic, of 2.0 on the MC American Sign Language Proficiency Assessment (MC-ASLPA).
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans.
Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Globalization and large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States will drive employment growth. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification.
- Career Outlook for Interpreters and Translators: Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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