Sign Language Interpreter (SLI.AAS) Part - Time

Program Outcomes - 2023-2024

Program outcomes represent broad areas of knowledge and skills developed over the duration of the program through a wide range of courses and experiences. These learning outcomes represent what a student should be able to know, think, or do upon successful completion of their program at Oakland Community College.

  • Students will demonstrate entry level knowledge to become qualified in the field of sign language interpreting.
  • Students will be able to communicate in ASL at a functional level.
  • Students will use their degree to work in ASL-English Interpreting or a related field.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the NAD-RID (National Association of the Deaf-Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.) Code of Professional Conduct, and the theory, history, and practice of the profession of interpreting.
  • Student will demonstrate appropriate forms of verbal and nonverbal expression.

**Students should meet with an OCC counselor before attempting this plan of study**

Year 1 - Fall

Courses   Credits
SLI1001 Orientation to Deafness 2
SLI1000 American Sign Language (ASL) I 3
SLI1010 American Sign Language (ASL) II 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  8

Year 1 - Winter

Courses    Credits
ENG1510 Composition I 3
SLI1020 American Sign Language (ASL) III 3
SLI1030 American Sign Language (ASL) IV 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  9

Year 1 - Summer

Courses    Credits
ENG1520 Composition II 3
SLI1211 Non-manual Grammatical Features of ASL 2
  TOTAL CREDITS  5

MILESTONE: Students must maintain a C+ or better in all required Sign Language Interpreting Program courses, including required supportive courses, in order to advance from course to course and ultimately obtain the Sign Language Interpreter Associate in Applied Science degree.

Year 2 - Fall

Courses    Credits
SLI1600 American Sign Language Fingerspelling & Number Use 3
SLI1150 Interpreting: ASL to English I 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  5

Year 2 - Winter

Courses    Credits
SLI1550 Interpreting: ASL to English II 3
GEN ED Social Science 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  6

Year 2 - Summer

Courses    Credits
SLIXXX *Recommended Elective Course 1- 3 (or Year 3 Fall)
GEN ED Mathematics/Science 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  3-7

Year 3 - Fall

Courses    Credits
SLIXXX *Recommended Elective Course 1 (or Year 2 Summer)
SLI2050 Principles of Interpreting 3
SLI1501 Deaf Culture & History 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  6-7

MILESTONE: Students who score a C or below in any two courses in the program, including repeated courses, will be withdrawn from the program. See program handbook for details.

Year 3 - Winter 

Courses    Credits
SLI2250 Interpreting: English to ASL I 3
SLI1050 Linguistics Principles of ASL 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  6

MILESTONE: Meet with a counselor to apply for graduation.

Year 3 - Summer

Courses    Credits
SLI2450 Interpreting: English to ASL III 2
SLI2150 Interpreting:  ASL to English III 3
  TOTAL CREDITS  5

Year 4 - Fall

Courses    Credits
SLI2800 Interactive Interpreting 3
SLI2900 Sign Internship 2
  TOTAL CREDITS  5
TOTAL CREDITS  62