The Department of Human Services in the Collge of Education and Human Services offers a Bachelor of Science Completion degree in Sign Language Interpreting (SLI), designed for students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Science (AS) degree program in American Sign Language interpreting/Interpreting for the Deaf.
Today’s interpreters work with a variety of deaf consumers: those who acquired American Sign Language (ASL) as their first language, those who communicate through a form of visual English, and those who use a contact variety form of English and ASL. Interpreters also work with a variety of hearing consumers: from those who are familiar with American deaf culture and the process of interpreting, to those who are communicating with a deaf person for the first time.
Students in this program will complete 40 semester hours of professional requirements in courses focused on enhancement of interpersonal, personal, language and interpreting skills needed to work in today’s world. Additionally, 20-25 credits of general education courses beyond the associate degree coursework may be needed to fulfill the Wright State Core requirements for a bachelor degree. This number will vary depending on the number of general education courses taken at the associate level. Students can complete the general education requirements by taking extra courses and finishing the Ohio Transfer Module before transferring to Wright State University.
Beginning January 1, 2021, Ohio will require sign language interpreters to hold a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Generalist Certification. Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.
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