Overview

Learn American Sign Language totally online or on campus in this award winning program. This is taught by highly qualified, thoroughly experienced, and exceptionally credentialed professors who eagerly desire to see you excel. This program received the Sorenson award in 2011. Ultimate flexibility is ensured, because you can complete the entire program online or learn on campus.

US News says, “Sign-language interpreters should expect an employment boom for years to come.” They rate sign language interpreting in the top 20 of all social services jobs. “These jobs are well-paying, with an average national salary of $43,300. Salaried interpreters and translators can earn up to six figures annually, depending on where they live and work.” CareerBuilder ranks translation and interpretation services at the very top of their list of industries expected to add the most new jobs over the next five years.

The purpose of the Sign Language Interpreting program is to provide high quality instruction and training in practical and theoretical issues, skills, knowledge, and professionalism pertaining to the provision of interpreting services to the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and hearing consumers in a variety of settings, so students may effectively minister for Christ in the Deaf community as professional interpreters.

Want to make a real difference while enjoying one of the best and fastest growing jobs in the nation? Then sign language interpreting may be for you. Opportunities abound in government offices, hospitals, courtrooms, schools, churches, banks, factories, offices, etc. Others work for agencies that enable deaf people to communicate with hearing people through online interpreters, utilizing live online video relay.

Piedmont offers both a B.S. in Sign Language Interpreting and a Minor in American Sign Language. These Interpreter Education Programs (IEP) combine classroom academics with practical “hands-on” interpreting experience, designed to make the student both knowledgeable and proficient. Upon completion, the graduate should possess the skills necessary to serve as a qualified interpreter in a large variety of settings.

The Interpreter Education Program (IEP) is a four-year bachelor's degree that is undergirded by a strong core of biblical and general education courses  that combine classroom academics with practical “hands-on” interpreting experience, making the student both knowledgeable and proficient. Upon completion, the graduate will possess the skills necessary to serve as a qualified interpreter in a variety of settings, including churches, schools, hospitals, and government agencies.  There are two possible tracks to achieve this degree.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Success

Piedmont International University has transformed my life and ministry for the Lord.  I chose this school for its consistent doctrinal teaching at all academic levels and for its dispensational approach to Scripture.  The faculty and staff go the extra mile to help students receive the best education possible.  If you want the best academic training for ministry, choose Piedmont!

Ward Harris, B.A.B.S, M.A.B.S., Ph.D. in Progress
Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, and Bible Teacher
Ripplemead, VA

Loved my time here. Solid teaching from loving and invested teachers and staff! They are compassionate, involved people that truly love God.

Kathryn Best
Consumer Sales Associate at Kaplan Early Learning Company

 

Admissions Requirements

The student must have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent with a GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 17 or minimum SAT combined score of 1230
  • An application with Piedmont International University
  • Follow all steps of admissions
 

Objectives

 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Fluently communicate using American Sign Language and other contact varieties used by the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities; 
  • Interpret/transliterate accurately, effectively, and impartially using all necessary vocabulary and discourse regulators;
  • Conduct self-analysis regarding their interpreting/transliterating performance;
  • Obtain minimal entry level interpreting credentials;
  • Develop a plan for continued professional growth and professional involvement.


 

 

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 30
General Education 36
Professional/Ministry   54
Total 120

Degree Completion Plan

Fall Semester

BO101     Old Testament Survey     3 hours
GC100     Introduction to Computers     1 hours
GE101     English Composition I     3 hours
GT100     Student Life Seminar     1 hour
PT101     Evangelism     2 hours
SL101     American Sign Language I     4 hours

Total hours  14 

 

Spring Semester

BH104     Biblical Interpretation I: Principles of Interpretation     2 hours
BN102     New Testament Survey     3 hours
BP102     Christian Ethics     2 hours
GC111     Mathematics Survey     3 hours
GE102     English Composition II     3 hours
SL102     American Sign Language II     4 hours

Total hours  17

Fall Semester

BH201     Biblical Interpretation II: Dispensationalism     2 hours
GC     Science Survey     3 hours
GH101     Survey of World History I     3 hours
GS201     Principles of Speech     3 hours
SL201     American Sign Language III     4 hours

Total hours  15

 

Spring Semester

BH202     Biblical Interpretation III: Issues in Eschatology     2 hours
GF106     Survey of Fine Arts     3 hours
SL202     American Sign Language IV     4 hours
SL221     Deaf Ministry     3 hours
SL240     Basics of Interpreting     3 hours

Total hours  15 

Fall Semester

BT301     Bible Doctrine I     3 hours
SL301     American Sign Language V     3 hours
SL302     Interpreting In Technical Settings     3 hours
SL339     Intro. To Interpreting Process     3 hours
SL460     Deaf Literature      3 hours

Total hours  15

 

Spring Semester

BN402     Acts     2 hours
BT302      Bible Doctrine II      3 hours
GP202     General Psychology     3 hours
SL341      English to ASL     3 hours
SL344     Interactive Interpreting     3 hours
SL345     ASL to English     3 hours

Total hours  17

Fall Semester

SL342     Educational Interpreting     3 hours
SL400     ASL Linguistics     3 hours
Bible Elective     3 hours
General Education Elective     3 hours
Humanities Elective     3 hours

Total  15 hours

 

Spring Semester

SL488     Fieldwork / Internship     8 hours
Bible Elective      3 hours
PE Activity     1 hour 

Total  12 hours