Transferring from other Interpreter Education Programs
Articulation Issues within IEP Programs
The implementation of the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 raised the issue of articulation between UALR’s bachelor’s degree and associate degree programs from other institutions. It became a priority for the UALR Interpreter Education Program to address the ease with which graduates of other associate degree programs might merge into the bachelor degree program.
Realizing the importance of facilitating a transfer student’s admission process, the faculty developed a procedure whereby each language and interpreting course from other programs is evaluated for its compatibility to UALR’s courses. Individual courses, specific to the interpretation program of study, are evaluated for content and method. Core course requirements are reviewed by the UALR Office of Transfer Student Services when a student is admitted, and decisions regarding these course equivalencies are determined by the departments in which the courses are taught. Students considering transferring to UALR are encouraged to contact the program as soon as they begin their transfer process. Interpreting or language coursework will be evaluated for articulation on a case-by-case basis on the following criteria:
- Curriculum used in the course (Was the curriculum current? Did it coincide with the philosophy of the functional approach to language instruction (ASL classes) embraced by the UALR Interpreter Education Program?)
- Method of instruction (Was the method of language instruction conducted without voice? Was ASL taught using ASL?)
- Course content (Was the course designed to include topics of similar substance to the courses offered at UALR? Did the student receive sufficient experiential knowledge to succeed in subsequent courses offered in the BA degree program?)
All transfer students who do not hold an interpreter credential must take the ASL Placement Test. Contact Dr. Linda Stauffer to schedule a date and time for this exam.