The Interpreter Education Program (IEP) faculty and staff welcome your calls and inquiries into the program. Please call to arrange an onsite visit, university tour, and meeting with an advisor. Bring your family, sit in on classes, meet our students–come spend the day with us! Call 501.569.3169.
The IEP offers two degree programs:
- Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation: ASL/English
- Associate of Science in American Sign Language Studies
Students seeking admission to the IEP will need to meet with an advisor within our program. Your major advisor will also help you select a minor if one is required or desired. Make an appointment today at ualr.edu/advising/major.
Students who want to be admitted to the AS degree program must achieve a grade of “B” or better in ASL I. To declare the BA major, students must achieve a grade of “B” or better in ASL II.
New students and transfer students may apply online through UALR Admissions. In addition to sending official transcripts to the university, transfer students should send unofficial transcripts to the Interpreter Education Program Coordinator to determine course equivalents and placement within the program curriculum.
Interpreters are professionals who function as linguistic and cultural mediators between individuals who are hearing and individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing. Interpreter education is accomplished through a learning model that is developmental, sequential and spiral within a task-analysis approach.
UALR’s program includes second language learning, foundations in deafness, deaf-blindness, and deaf culture, beginning to advanced methods in interpretation, electives, and core requirements. Priority is placed on the acquisition of requisite knowledge, values, and competencies by balancing second language learning and interpretation theory with practical applications so that candidate proficiencies are aligned with national, professional and state standards. UALR abides by program standards set forth by the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. You may apply to the program by following general admission requirements for the university and contacting any faculty member in the Interpreter Education Program.
It is the policy of UALR and the Interpreter Education Program to create inclusive learning environments and to adhere to a policy that enables all individuals, regardless of race, color, gender, nation origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or disability to study in an environment unfettered by discriminatory behavior or acts. UALR accommodates students with disabilities, not only in response to Federal expectations, but also in a desire on the part of the institution to meet its own commitments to students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the office of Disability Resource Center.