With an Associate in Arts, you can bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds. Upon completing the program, graduates will have a broad understanding of the types and scope of support services available to deaf persons as well as extensive knowledge of deaf culture. The program prepares graduates to facilitate communication between deaf and hearing people using English and American Sign Language.
There are career opportunities that the ability to use ASL supports, such as being an instructional aide for Deaf students, a dorm counselor at a Deaf school, in functions of everyday situations at grocery stores, coffeehouses, or places where Deaf people frequents. Also, to communicate with Deaf family member(s).
The curriculum includes ASL language, immersive interaction, and real-life orientation.
Courses cover basic ASL linguistics, an introduction to Deaf Culture, instruction of receptive/expressive skills, fingerspelling, numbers, and classifiers. Also, grammatical structure and syntax.
- Interpreting for colleges and public schools
- Interpreting for non-profit and for-profit organizations
- Interpreting on a freelance basis
- Ability to work in changing environments
- Capability to understand the cultural norms of diverse clients
- Effective and sensitive cross-cultural communication
- Knowledge of the structure and content of both English and American Sign Language
- Fluency in two or more languages ›Knowledge of rules of composition and grammar
- Ability to make decisions quickly ›Interpersonal relationships
- Flexibility and adaptability in a variety of settings
- New Mexico School for the Deaf
- New Mexico Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- New Mexico Registry of the Interpreters of the Deaf
- New Mexico Regulations & Licensing Department
- Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
- New Mexico Association of the Deaf
- Registry of the Interpreters of the Deaf
- Hands and Voices
- National Association of the Deaf
- Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)