Academic Catalogs

American Sign Language Interpreting, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code:  2_CN_ASLI
Control number: 19382
Financial aid: Eligible

Orange County and neighboring areas are rich in part-time job opportunities for American Sign Language Interpreting. This program is designed to provide students with sign language interpreting skills sufficient for entry-level employment. This curriculum is recommended for people who desire to obtain skills necessary to function effectively as an American Sign Language Interpreter. 

Career opportunities include:

  • American Sign Language Interpreter
  • Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Pathologist

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Operate within a cultural knowledge of the Deaf.
  2. Transliterate and interpret between spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).
  3. Interpret between ASL and spoken English.
  4. Understand specialized vocabulary and ethical practices that enable the student to function effectively as an interpreter for the Deaf.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Prerequisite Courses
SIGN G180American Sign Language 14
SIGN G185American Sign Language 24
Required Courses
SIGN G200Deaf Culture3
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
INTR G100Introduction To Sign Language Interpreting3
INTR G130Beginning Voice To Sign3
INTR G135Advanced Voice To Sign3
INTR G155Beginning Sign to Voice3
INTR G160Advanced Sign To Voice3
INTR G190Specialized Interpreting Situation3
Recommended Electives
COMM G110Public Speaking3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
SIGN G010Fingerspelling1
Total Units29

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general maps for students to finish all requirements for the Certificate. There may be advisories or time requirements that students may want to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
INTR G100Introduction To Sign Language Interpreting3
SIGN G200Deaf Culture3
Units10
Course Title Units
Semester 2
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
INTR G130Beginning Voice To Sign3
INTR G155Beginning Sign to Voice3
Units10

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
INTR G135Advanced Voice To Sign3
INTR G160Advanced Sign To Voice3
Units6
Course Title Units
Semester 4
INTR G190Specialized Interpreting Situation3
Units3

NOTE - Recommended Electives: COMM G110, PSYC G118, SIGN G010.