Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy Services, B.S.

Advocacy and Services for the Deaf Concentration 

Admission Process

There is no formal admission into the program. Upon enrollment in the university, students must meet with the advisor designated for their specific concentration to review forms outlining technical standards, dispositions, and program requirements. Students must then satisfy the progression requirements in order to continue in the program.

Progression Requirements

  1. Satisfactory progress on Dispositions Review each semester
  2. Continued demonstration of required competencies outlined in the Technical Standards
  3. Passing scores on the Professions in Deafness program benchmark assessments. If the student does not pass any of the benchmark assessments, they will not be permitted to continue in the program.
  4. Achievement of a B- or higher in SES courses
  5. Achievement of the following minimum GPA Requirements:
    Freshman year– 1.75
    Sophomore year– 2.0
    Junior and Senior year– 2.50

Interpreter Preparation Concentration

Admission Process

There is no formal admission into the program. Upon enrollment in the university, students must meet with the advisor designated for their specific concentration to review forms outlining technical standards, dispositions, and program requirements. Students then must satisfy the progression requirements in order to continue in the program.

Progression Requirements

  1. Satisfactory progress on Dispositions Review each semester
  2. Continued demonstration of required competencies outlined in the Technical Standards
  3. Passing scores on the Professions in Deafness program benchmark assessments. If a student does not pass any of the benchmark assessments, they will not be permitted to continue in the program.
  4. Achievement of a B- or higher in SES courses
  5. Achievement of the following minimum GPA Requirements:
    1. Freshman year—1.75
    2. Sophomore year—2.0
    3. Junior and Senior year—2.50

K–12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure Concentration

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Documentation of an overall 3.0 or better GPA and 20 hours of documented successful experience with children
  2. A passing score on the PEPSI (Program Entry Potential Signing and Interpreting) and SPIL (Sign Potential at the Intermediate Level)
  3. Signed and completed forms outlining Technical Standards, Dispositions, and Program Requirements
  4. Grade of B- or better in SES 250
  5. Completed application form and successful acceptance into the Teacher Education Program
  6. A passing score on Praxis I or documented passing scores on the SAT and/or ACT as required by the NC Department of Public Instruction

Progression Requirements

  1. Grades
    Maintain an overall GPA 3.0 or better throughout the program and receive at least a B- or better grade in all SES and related area courses. A student will be required to retake any SES or related area course if he or she earns a grade lower than B- in the course.
  2. Admission
    Students must be admitted to Teacher Education before enrolling in the courses listed below.
    Required
    Seminar/Practicum with Deaf Students I
    Interprofessional and Instructional Field Experience 2
    Lesson Design for Deaf Learners
    Assessment for Exceptional Learners
    Language Teaching Methods with Deaf Students
    Bilingual Methods for Teaching Deaf Students
    Structure of English & ASL
    Literacy Methods with Deaf Learners
    Spoken Language Facilitation in Deaf Children
    Internship in Teaching Students with Hearing Loss
    Positive Behavior Supports for Exceptional Learners
    Instructional Methods: Students with Hearing Loss

Fieldwork and Student Teaching Internship

Students complete three field experiences prior to student teaching. Before being placed at a school site for student teaching, a student must earn a passing score on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). Students must have reliable transportation to and from practicum and/or internship sites.

Sign Proficiency Requirement

Students progress in developing receptive and expressive American Sign Language (ASL) throughout their course work. Prior to being placed for student teaching, students must earn a passing score on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). 

Competency Assessment (PEPSI)

The Program Entry Potential for Signing and Interpreting (PEPSI) is delivered during the course listed below.

American Sign Language I

Competency Assessment (SPIL)

The Signed Proficiency at the Intermediate Level (SPIL) is delivered during the course listed below.

American Sign Language II

Program Completion Requirements

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education program at least one semester before being admitted to Student Teaching. Practicum and student teaching internship experiences take place within the Piedmont area in public and private school programs.

Students will be required to take and attain passing scores on standardized tests required by the NC Department of Public Instruction before being recommended for licensure.

Students will be required to complete an electronic teaching portfolio of successfully completed required artifacts before being recommended for licensure.

Transfer students may require additional semesters to complete the undergraduate degree program.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements - Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC)

Major Requirements

Select one of the concentrations as detailed following the major requirements.

  • Advocacy and Services for the Deaf
  • Interpreter Preparation
  • K–12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure 

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for degree.

Advocacy and Services for the Deaf Concentration Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
Required48
People with Disabilities in American Society
History and Culture of the Deaf Community
The Profession of Interpreting
Advocacy and Services for the Deaf
Visual English Systems
Advocacy and Services for the Deaf Internship
Interpreting in Specialized Settings
Seminar and Practicum
Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following:
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
American Sign Language: English Translation
Advanced Narrative Structures and Storytelling in American Sign Language
Discourse Analysis: English/American Sign Language
Linguistics of American Sign Language
Related Area Requirements33
Introduction to Communication Studies
Relational Communication
Helping Skills
HDF 211
or HDF 212
HDF 304
or HDF 321
Mental Health and Well-Being
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
African American Social Thought
Introduction to Social Work

Electives

Select a minimum of 21 credits from the following:
Introduction to Audiology
Communication and Community
Communicating Ethically
Organizational Communication
Intercultural Communication
Communication and Workplace Relationships
Communication and Public Relations: Strategies and Innovations
Leisure and American Lifestyles
HDF 302
HDF 303
Human Sexuality
Income, Social Status, and Health
Psychological Perspectives on Social Psychology
Adult Psychopathology
The Psychology of Gender
Communication Development in Children
Survey of Learning and Behavior Differences
Fingerspelling and Numbers in ASL
Special Projects
The Profession of Interpreting
American Sign Language/Deaf Literature
Perspectives on the Global Deaf Community
Home-School Partnerships for Students with Exceptional Needs
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Criminal Justice
Sociology of the Family
Juvenile Delinquency
Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in a Global Context
Social Policy and Services
Human Behavior and Social Environment
Social Work, Diversity, and Vulnerable Populations

Interpreter Preparation Concentration Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
Required27
Language Requirements
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
American Sign Language: English Translation
Discourse Analysis: English/American Sign Language
Linguistics of American Sign Language
American Sign Language/Deaf Literature
Core Requirements59
Communication Development in Children
Cognitive Processing Skills for Interpreting
History and Culture of the Deaf Community
The Profession of Interpreting
Interpreting Strategies: Language Facilitation
Diagnostics and Assessment of Interpreters
Advocacy and Services for the Deaf
Working with Diverse Deaf Populations
Interpreting in Educational Settings
Visual English Systems
Interpreting English to ASL I
Interpreting English to ASL II
Interpreting in Specialized Settings
Seminar and Practicum
Interpreting Internship
Interpreting ASL to English I
Interpreting ASL-to-English II
Related Area Requirements6
Introduction to Communication Studies
Select one of the following:
HDF 211
HDF 212
HDF 302

Electives

Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:
Relational Communication
Intercultural Communication
Cultural Foundations of Education
Language and Society
Linguistics for Teachers
Medical Terminology for Public Health Professionals
Personal Health
Human Sexuality
Mental Health and Well-Being
Foundations for Analytics using Spreadsheets
General Psychology
Adult Psychopathology
Visual Gestural Communication
People with Disabilities in American Society
Survey of Learning and Behavior Differences
Fingerspelling and Numbers in ASL
Special Projects
Perspectives on the Global Deaf Community
Home-School Partnerships for Students with Exceptional Needs
Interpreting in Medical Settings
Interpreting in Mental Health Settings
Interpreting in Social Service Settings
Theatrical/Artistic Uses of American Sign Language
Introduction to Sociology
Race, Class, and Gender: Social Inequalities
Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning

K–12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure Concentration Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • Maintain an overall GPA 3.0 or better throughout the program and receive at least a B- or better grade in all SES and related area courses.

Core Courses86-88
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
Communication Development in Children
History and Culture of the Deaf Community
Introduction to Professions in Specialized Education *
Introduction to Deaf Education
American Sign Language: English Translation
Seminar/Practicum with Deaf Students I
Special Projects
Interprofessional and Instructional Field Experience 2
Lesson Design for Deaf Learners
Assessment for Exceptional Learners
Linguistics of American Sign Language
Language Teaching Methods with Deaf Students
Bilingual Methods for Teaching Deaf Students
Structure of English & ASL
Literacy Methods with Deaf Learners
Spoken Language Facilitation in Deaf Children
Home-School Partnerships for Students with Exceptional Needs
Internship in Teaching Students with Hearing Loss
Visual English Systems
Positive Behavior Supports for Exceptional Learners
Instructional ASL for Educating Deaf Students
Instructional Methods: Students with Hearing Loss
Related Area Requirements **3
Introduction to Audiology
*

A grade of B- or better must be earned in SES 250 for admission to the program.

**

See also Program Progression Requirements.

Additional Requirements

In addition to course work, the items below must be accomplished.

  • Completion of the Program Entry Potential for Sign Language Interpreters (PEPSI)
  • Completion of the Signed Proficiency at the Intermediate Level (SPIL)
  • Passing score on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview

Portfolio Requirement

Completion and submission of the electronic teaching portfolio via TaskStream.

Disciplinary Honors in Specialized Education Services 

Requirements

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours as defined below.
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
Required3
Senior Honors Project
6 credits of Honors course work in the major6
3 credits of Honors course work in the major or another area3

Recognition

Receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in Specialized Education Services; have that accomplishment, along with the title of the Senior Honors Project, noted on the official transcript; and be recognized at a banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Honors Advisor

Contact Jon Henner at j_henner@uncg.edu for further information and guidance about Honors in Specialized Education Services. To apply: http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/forms/disc-application.pdf