American Sign Language

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American Sign Language

 Passaic County Community College offers the following programs:   

  • AAS degree in ASL-English Interpreter Training Program
    The ASL-English Interpreter Training Program A.A.S prepares students for the field of ASL-English interpreting. Students learn the role and responsibilities of the interpreter, the various interpreting settings, and the skills needed to become a competent ASL-English sign language interpreter. Further, students will gain an invaluable insight into deaf culture, the history of the deaf, and the deaf community. 
    This professional career program is a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses that is intended to provide students with the necessary techniques and skills required for professional work as interpreters for the deaf. Graduates are encouraged to continue with their education by transferring to baccalaureate degree programs. In addition, graduates are encouraged to obtain national interpreter certification through Registry of Interpreters* for the Deaf (RID). RID certification leads to advanced/higher level of employment opportunities within the field, such as court interpreting, medical-related interpreting, and interpreting for corporate and state organizations.
  • Certificate of Achievement - American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
    This one year program is intended for students who would like to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and who wish to make a contribution in the deaf community. The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies certificate of achievement program provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge of American Sign Language and acquire an understanding of the deaf community as part of the human diversity.
  • ASL Courses

*RID announces degree requirement. Effective June 30, 2012, candidates for RID certification must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Contact Info

For more information about these programs contact:

Lisa Hines
Program Coordinator
Hamilton Hall, Room H207
Phone: 973-684-5093
Fax: 973-684-6627