American Sign Language Interpreter Preparatory Program
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Contact: Leslie Puzio, Program Manager • • 301.624.2783 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Leslie Puzio, Program Manager
301.624.2783

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Preparatory Program Associate of Applied Science The A.A.S. degree program is ideal for students who want to become ASL interpreters and do not already hold a degree. This program prepares students to work as an entry-level sign language interpreter to facilitate and mediate communication between Deaf/hard of hearing and hearing people.

Students will develop receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language and will experience a variety of learning environments, including classroom work, laboratory practice, and field placement. Students will be required to have both in-class and out-of-class experiences with members of the Deaf community to further develop ASL fluency and cultural competency.

 

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core ASLS 124 Introduction to Deaf Community & History   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 104 Introduction to Interpreting   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 112 Foundations of Interpreting   3 Credits
Concentration ASLS 225 American Sign Language IV   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

Gen Ed Core Arts & Humanities Gen Ed (Recommended: ENGL 231 or COMM 103)   3 Credits
Mathematics Gen Ed (recommend MATH 120 Statistics)   3/4 Credits
Concentration ASLS 211 ASL Linguistics   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 114 Consecutive Interpreting   3 Credits
Concentration ASLS 230 Deaf Culture & Oppression   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Science Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
Concentration INTP 212 ASL to English Interpreting I   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 214 English to ASL Interpreting I   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 216 Transliterating I   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 228 Interpreting Environments   1 Credit
Concentration INTP 228 Interpreting Environments   1 Credit

4Recommended Fourth Semester

Concentration INTP 222 ASL to English Interpreting II   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 224 English to ASL Interpreting II   3 Credits
Concentration ITR 226 Transliterating I   3 Credits
Concentration INTP 230 Internship Seminar & Interpreting Environments   1 Credit
Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Science Gen Ed (recommend PSYC 101 General Psychology, SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology, or HUMS 102 Human Relations)   3 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester

Departmental Requirement ITR 222 ASL to English II   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement ITR 224 English to ASL II   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement ITR 226 Transliterating II   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement ITR 230 Internship Seminar & Interpreting Environments   2 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Students take the ASLPI exam as part of ITR 110. A score of 2.0 or higher is required for registration into the next sequence of courses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply theoretical, ethical, cultural, and practical knowledge of the interpreting field needed to pass the RID certification knowledge written test.
  • Understand major linguistic features of ASL and English and the major cultural features of Deaf and non-Deaf communities.
  • Possess cognitive processing skills to effectively interpret between English and American Sign Language and to transliterate between spoken English and a signed form of English.
  • Comprehend different modes of interpreting/transliterating (i.e. consecutive and simultaneous) and choose the appropriate mode in a given setting/situation.
  • Provide an accurate and appropriate transfer of a message from a source language into a target language from the point of view of style, culture, and the linguistic needs of the consumers.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Preparatory Program Certificate The certificate program is ideal for students who want to become ASL interpreters, but already hold a degree. This program prepares students to work as an entry-level sign language interpreter to facilitate and mediate communication between Deaf/hard of hearing and hearing people.

Students will develop receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language and will experience a variety of learning environments, including classroom work, laboratory practice, and field placement. Students will be required to have both in-class and out-of-class experiences with members of the Deaf community to further develop ASL fluency and cultural competency. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to work as an entry-level interpreter in the field or to continue their studies at a four-year college or university.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

ASLS 225 ASL V ASLS 225 ASL V   3 Credits
INTP 104 Introduction to Interpreting   3 Credits
ASLS 124 Introduction to Deaf Community & History   3 Credits
INTP 112 Foundations of Interpreting   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

ASLS 211 ASL Linguistics   3 Credits
INTP 114 INTP 114 Consecutive Interpreting   3 Credits
ASLS 210 ASLS 210 Deaf Culture & Oppression   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

INTP 212 ASL to English I   3 Credits
INTP 214 English to ASL I   3 Credits
INTP 216 Transliterating I   3 Credits
INTP 228 Interpreting Environments   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

ITR 222 ASL to English II   3 Credits
ITR 224 English to ASL II   3 Credits
ITR 226 Transliterating II   3 Credits
ITR 230 Internship Seminar & Interpreting Environments   1 Credit

5Recommended Fifth Semester

ITR 103 Internship   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Students take the ASLPI exam as part of ITR 110. A score of 2.0 or higher is required for registration into the next sequence of courses.

**Admission into the IPP will be through Application and review of the approval board.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply theoretical, ethical, cultural, and practical knowledge of the interpreting field needed to pass the RID certification knowledge written test.
  • Understand major linguistic features of ASL and English and the major cultural features of Deaf and non-Deaf communities.
  • Possess cognitive processing skills to effectively interpret between English and American Sign Language and to transliterate between spoken English and a signed form of English.
  • Comprehend different modes of interpreting/transliterating (i.e. consecutive and simultaneous) and choose the appropriate mode in a given setting/situation.
  • Provide an accurate and appropriate transfer of a message from a source language into a target language from the point of view of style, culture, and the linguistic needs of the consumers.


2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Preparatory Program
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Personal Enrichment Foreign Languages & ASL. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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$49,930.00/yr • +18%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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