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Interpreting Certificate options at WOU provide interpreters and interpreter educators who use English and another language, spoken or signed, advanced scholarship that focuses on theoretical, practical and teaching applications. If you would like to advance the standards and leadership of the interpreting profession, these certificates can help you achieve your goals. Options include: Educational Interpreting, Professional Practice, Research, Reflective, and Teaching Interpreting. Certificates can be completed individually, or as part of the Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies program.

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Overview

Certificate Options:

  1. Interpreting Studies: Educational Interpreting Certificate
  2. Interpreting Studies: Professional Practice Certificate
  3. Interpreting Studies: Research Certificate
  4. Interpreting Studies: Reflective Certificate
  5. Interpreting Studies: Teaching Interpreting Certificate

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in interpreting or a closely related field
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field and at least one year of interpreting experience
  • Completion of an interpreter education program or currently working as an interpreter (Educational Interpreter Certificate)

Certification:

Applicants may hold certification; but uncertified interpreters are also welcome to apply.

Finishing will take:

  • 1 year

Begin your Certificate program:

Where you will take classes:

  • Online/distance fall, winter, spring, summer

Tech you will need:

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)

What you will learn:

Provides interpreters and interpreter educators who use English and another language, spoken or signed, advanced scholarship that focuses on theoretical, practical and teaching applications.  This advances the standards and leadership of the interpreting profession, both signed and spoken, via research, rigorous study, and practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Exemplify reflective practice in interpreting and teaching through observation, application, analysis and supervision.
  2. Contribute to a growing body of research on interpreting and interpreter education.
  3. Exhibit advanced competence in interpreting effectiveness and quality leadership.

Application Requirements

Program Start Dates:

You may apply to start the program in the fall, winter, spring, or summer terms.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Term: September 1st
  • Winter Term: December 10th
  • Spring Term: March 10th
  • Summer Term: June 1st

Detailed application requirements:

 Application materials required for WOU Graduate admission to the Interpreting Studies Certificate program:

  • Application Fee $60
  • Transcripts
    • You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to complete your application for admission. Save as a PDF with your first and last name in time from all previous colleges. We will require an official transcript from the Colleges or Universities you have attended for formal admission.
    • Transcripts are used as Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived. Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted.
  • Current Resume
    • Save as a PDF with your first and last name in the title.
  • Personal StatementPlease provide a PDF (1-2 pages) personal statement highlighting the following prompts:
      • Your purpose in graduate study.
      • Your unique preparation and fitness for study in the field.
      • Your intended future use of your graduate study.
      • Why are you choosing Western Oregon University and a graduate program in interpreting studies?
  • Writing Sample
    • The ability to express yourself in written English is an important part of a graduate program. Please provide evidence of your writing in the form of a short (2-5 page) essay or paper completed and graded in your most recent academic program.
  • Recommendations
    • Provide at least three recommendations from consumers and/or colleagues that address your competence as an interpreter, your potential to teach/lead/mentor, and your ability to navigate meaning transfer between parties who do not use the same language.​​​​
  • Pre-Screening Assessment
    • After submitting your program application, you will be prompted in your student status portal. Before beginning the pre-screening, you will need a computer with an embedded video camera for easy processing/uploading (or video camera, tripod) and a connection to broadband internet. This activity should not take more than 60 minutes including responding to the prompts, recording, rendering video, and uploading. Please respond, using your non-English language, “in the moment,” as you are thinking about the prompt. We seek your initial responses, not necessarily over-rehearsed/processed ones.

For the Reflective Practice and Teaching Certificates, the following items are required:

  • Evidence of Interpreting Certification and/or Experience
    • Evidence of certification and/or experience interpreting and/or translating. Those without certification may be admitted via an alternative assessment.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
    • Evidence may include:
      • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Continuing Education unit transcript
      • Documentation, transcripts, or certificates demonstrating privation in continuing education opportunities (e.g., units required to maintain certification)
      • Documentation of other professional development in the area of teaching, mentoring, leadership, and/or adult education is preferred.

Process: Applications will be reviewed once all application materials have been submitted. Please refer to the Application Checklist in your Graduate Application Portal to confirm the status of your submitted materials. The Graduate Application Portal will also provide additional details about the checklist items for further clarification. You will be notified via email regarding changes in the status of your application or if you are missing any application components.

Curriculum

Interpreting Studies Certificate curriculum overview:

These certificates have been created to enhance a student’s interpreting profession both signed and spoke, via research, rigorous study, and practice.

Certificate Options:

  1. Interpreting Studies: Educational Interpreting Certificate
  2. Interpreting Studies: Professional Practice Certificate
  3. Interpreting Studies: Research Certificate
  4. Interpreting Studies: Reflective Certificate
  5. Interpreting Studies: Teaching Interpreting Certificate

Your plan of study:

Once admitted to Interpreting Studies Certificate program, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the certificate you choose. By filing this Certificate Plan (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.

*Students completing an endorsement, certificate, or specialization only are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Faculty

ELISA MARONEY

Program Co-Coordinator, Professor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-8735 | maronee@wou.edu | RWEC 144

ERIN TRINE

Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-8730 | trinee@wou.edu | RWEC 142

SARAH HEWLETT

Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-9124 | hewletts@wou.edu | RWEC 145

AMANDA SMITH

Program Co-Coordinator, Professor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-8650 | smithar@wou.edu | RWEC 143

Certificate Options:

  1. Interpreting Studies: Educational Interpreting Certificate
  2. Interpreting Studies: Professional Practice Certificate
  3. Interpreting Studies: Research Certificate
  4. Interpreting Studies: Reflective Certificate
  5. Interpreting Studies: Teaching Interpreting Certificate

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in interpreting or a closely related field
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field and at least one year of interpreting experience
  • Completion of an interpreter education program or currently working as an interpreter (Educational Interpreter Certificate)

Certification:

Applicants may hold certification; but uncertified interpreters are also welcome to apply.

Finishing will take:

  • 1 year

Begin your Certificate program:

Where you will take classes:

  • Online/distance fall, winter, spring, summer

Tech you will need:

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)

What you will learn:

Provides interpreters and interpreter educators who use English and another language, spoken or signed, advanced scholarship that focuses on theoretical, practical and teaching applications.  This advances the standards and leadership of the interpreting profession, both signed and spoken, via research, rigorous study, and practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Exemplify reflective practice in interpreting and teaching through observation, application, analysis and supervision.
  2. Contribute to a growing body of research on interpreting and interpreter education.
  3. Exhibit advanced competence in interpreting effectiveness and quality leadership.

Program Start Dates:

You may apply to start the program in the fall, winter, spring, or summer terms.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Term: September 1st
  • Winter Term: December 10th
  • Spring Term: March 10th
  • Summer Term: June 1st

Detailed application requirements:

 Application materials required for WOU Graduate admission to the Interpreting Studies Certificate program:

  • Application Fee $60
  • Transcripts
    • You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to complete your application for admission. Save as a PDF with your first and last name in time from all previous colleges. We will require an official transcript from the Colleges or Universities you have attended for formal admission.
    • Transcripts are used as Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived. Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted.
  • Current Resume
    • Save as a PDF with your first and last name in the title.
  • Personal Statement

    Please provide a PDF (1-2 pages) personal statement highlighting the following prompts:

    • Your purpose in graduate study.
    • Your unique preparation and fitness for study in the field.
    • Your intended future use of your graduate study.
    • Why are you choosing Western Oregon University and a graduate program in interpreting studies?
  • Writing Sample
    • The ability to express yourself in written English is an important part of a graduate program. Please provide evidence of your writing in the form of a short (2-5 page) essay or paper completed and graded in your most recent academic program.
  • Evidence of Interpreting Certification and/or Experience (Not required for all certificates)
    • Evidence of certification and/or experience interpreting and/or translating. Those without certification may be admitted via an alternative assessment.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (Not required for all certificates)
    • Evidence may include:
      • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Continuing Education unit transcript
      • Documentation, transcripts, or certificates demonstrating privation in continuing education opportunities (e.g., units required to maintain certification)
      • Documentation of other professional development in the area of teaching, mentoring, leadership, and/or adult education is preferred.
  • Recommendations
    • Provide at least three recommendations from consumers and/or colleagues that address your competence as an interpreter, your potential to teach/lead/mentor, and your ability to navigate meaning transfer between parties who do not use the same language.​​​​
  • Pre-Screening Assessment
    • After you submit your program application, you will be given a prompt in your student status portal. Before beginning the pre-screening, you will need a computer with an embedded video camera for easy processing/uploading (or video camera, tripod) and a connection to broadband internet. This activity should not take more than 60 minutes including responding to the prompts, recording, rendering video, and uploading. Please respond, using your non-English language, “in the moment,” as you are thinking about the prompt. We are looking for your initial responses, not necessarily over-rehearsed/processed responses.

Process: Applications will be reviewed once all application materials have been submitted. Please refer to the Application Checklist in your Graduate Application Portal to confirm the status of your submitted materials. The Graduate Application Portal will also provide additional details about the checklist items for further clarification. You will be notified via email regarding changes in the status of your application or if you are missing any application components.

      Interpreting Studies Certificate curriculum overview:

      These certificates have been created to enhance a student’s interpreting profession both signed and spoke, via research, rigorous study, and practice.

      Your plan of study:

      Once admitted to Interpreting Studies Certificate program, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the certificate you choose. By filing this Certificate Plan (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.

      *Students completing an endorsement, certificate, or specialization only are not eligible for federal financial aid.

      ELISA MARONEY

      Program Co-Coordinator, Professor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
      503-838-8735 | maronee@wou.edu | RWEC 144

      ERIN TRINE

      Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
      503-838-8730 | trinee@wou.edu | RWEC 142

      SARAH HEWLETT

      Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
      503-838-9124 | hewletts@wou.edu | RWEC 145

      AMANDA SMITH

      Program Co-Coordinator, Professor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
      503-838-8650 | smithar@wou.edu | RWEC 143

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      Courses for the Educational Interpreting Certificate

      Core Courses


      Interpreting Studies Core Credits: 9


      • INT 618 Ethics and Professional Practice Credits: 3
      • INT 619 Professional Field Experience I Credits: 3
      • INT 630 Communication in a Practice Profession Credits: 3

      Educational Core Credits: 6


      In consultation with your advisor, select two of the following core courses:

      • DHHE 623 Academic Discourse in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Credits: 3
      • DHHE 646 Assessment Principles and Practices Credits: 3
      • ED 632 Cultural, Social and Philosophical Issues in Education Credits: 3
      • ED 636 Leadership and Policy in a Diverse Society Credits: 3
      • SPED 670 Collaboration: Supporting Exceptional Learners Credits: 3

      Elective Credits: 3


      In consultation with your advisor, select one 3-credit elective course from DHHE, MSED,  CSE, OL, or SPED.

      Total Credits: 18

      Courses for the Professional Practice Certificate

      Core Courses


      • INT 618 Ethics and Professional Practice Credits: 3
      • INT 619 Professional Field Experience I Credits: 3
      • INT 625 Becoming a Practice Profession: The History of Interpreting and Interpreter Education Credits: 3
      • INT 630 Communication in a Practice Profession Credits: 3
      • INT 677 Intrapersonal Aspects of Interpreting Credits: 3

      Total Credits: 15

      Courses for the Reflective Practice Certificate

      Core Courses


      • INT 617 Introduction to Reflective Practice Credits: 3
      • INT 627 Reflective Practice Techniques Credits: 3
      • INT 637 Rhythms of Reflective Practice Credits: 3
      • INT 677 Intrapersonal Aspects of Interpreting Credits: 3
      • Interpreting Studies Elective Credits: 3

      Total Credits: 15

      Courses for the Research Certificate

      Core Courses


      • INT 612 Proseminar Credits: 3
      • INT 633 Research and Writing: Translation and Interpretation Credits: 3
      • INT 635 Qualitative Methods Credits: 3
      • INT 645 Research on Translation and Interpretation I Credits: 3
      • Elective Credits: 3

      Total Credits: 15

      Courses for the Teaching Interpreting Certificate

      Core Courses


      • INT 640 Teaching Ethics and Professional Practice Credits: 3
      • INT 650 Teaching Meaning Transfer Credits: 3
      • INT 655 Assessment for Interpreter Educators Credits: 3
      • INT 665 Interpreter Education Curriculum Development Credits: 3
      • INT 675 Adult Education Credits: 3

      Elective Credits: 3


      In consultation with your advisor, select elective(s).

      Total Credits: 18

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