Effective Fall 2015: NEW DIS curriculum, course sequence and admission requirements. Visit the program website often for updates and announcements. Check with the DIS Program Manager before determining program eligibility on your own. Do not self-select yourself out of program eligibility without first meeting with the DIS Program Manager.
The Deaf Interpretive Services program is a limited admission program. Admission numbers may vary each year, based on anticipated field experience site availability and annual budget considerations. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, providing students have met the admission criteria and followed proper admission protocol. Screenings/consideration for DIS admission are conducted annually in late fall, after mid-term progress reporting. Applications will be considered once students have completed the DIS application process, to include the following:
- High School Graduate or GED Equivalency
- Complete My Plan.com Career Assessment. Include MyPlan Career Match results in DIS application packet.
- Complete a DIS Academic Plan in Degree Works with an academic counselor. Submit it along with your application and My Plan.
- DIS application
- Previously completed and/or be currently enrolled in program pre-requisite courses.
- ENG-1010/101H College Composition I
- ASL 1001 Fingerspelling
- ASL 1100 Deaf Culture
- DIS 1300 Interpreting Fundamentals
- "B" grade or higher in each above course
- Eligibility for ASL 2412 via completion of ASL 1010, 1020, 2010 and 2020 (comprehensive GPA of 3.0 or higher), or an appropriate assessment exam scoring of either ASLPI level 3 or SLPI Intermediate level. Note: The ASLPI and SLPI are external assessment exams taken outside of the DIS program/college and is currently not required for admission, unless you opt to on your own accord, or already have completed it in alignment with the DIS guidelines. The date of the Assessment must indicate it was taken one year or less, prior to DIS admission. If you are attempting DIS admission and your Assessment date is more than one year ago, please contact the DIS Program Manager to determine next steps.
Program Admission Meetings: Admission meetings occur in late October/early November each year to determine program eligibility for spring entry into the DIS program. You will be notified via email and through class announcements re: meeting sign-ups. Please submit all the required admission paperwork prior to your meeting. If you have not corresponded with the DIS Program Manager or Assistant regarding your interest in the program, please be sure to send an email to ask to be included on our e-list for prospective DIS-bound students.
** Visit the DIS program website often for updates and announcements. Check with the DIS Program Manager before determining program eligibility on your own. **
Important Program Information:
- To satisfy the program requirements and earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, all students pursuing an AAS degree for Deaf Interpretive Services, are required to have earned a grade of a /C/ or higher in DIS 2940 Field Experience II and its companion lab course, DIS 2740.
- Non-DIS degree students may enroll for individual DIS courses, providing they meet the course specific prerequisites and/or have received permission from the DIS Program Manager.
- Placement Evaluations may be required of certain students to determine both receptive and expressive ASL skills. Evaluations assess knowledge of proper ASL vocabulary, proper parameters and ASL grammar and structures. All of these factors are taken into consideration when determining course placement. DIS degree seeking students requiring Placement Evaluations includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) Any student who has not taken ASL classes for one academic year or more, or (2) All transfer students with previous ASL college credit.
- Grade repeat may occur only once for any course that is required for the DIS degree. /W/ grades are counted as an attempt. It is recommended that students contact the DIS Program Manager before repeating a course.
- All DIS students entering into Field Experiences should expect that sites may not be immediately local or convenient. Traveling is a necessary part of Field Experiences and students must begin preparing for reliable transportation to sites and substantial time commitments to complete Field Experiences.
- Field Experience placements and their availability occur at varying times throughout the semesters. Delays and changes are expected. Student placements may be changed at the discretion of DIS at any time. Students may need to continue garnering Field Experience hours prior to and/or past semester terms and during holiday breaks to satisfy required hours.
- All DIS students entering Field Experience courses must undergo fingerprinting and background check to satisfy the K-12 practicum requirement. There is a fee for this screening. Once admitted to the program, students will be provided further instruction for when this screening will occur. Further details coming soon.