Department of Counseling, Adult, & Rehabilitation Education

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Chairperson:
Jacobson, William H., Professor

Professors:
Dickerson, Larry R.
Smith, Patricia B.

Associate Professor:
Boden, Carrie
Kushner, Jason
Stauffer, Linda K.

Adjunct Associate Professor:
Garner, Bill E.

Assistant Professors:
Anderson, Glenn B.
Moss, Rochelle

Adjunct Assistant Professors:
Kippers, Sola
Pack, Tresvil
Szirony, Gary

Instructors:
Hollingsworth, Jami J.
James, Raphael A.,

The Department of Counseling, Adult and Rehabilitation Education (CARE) provides quality education to a heterogeneous student body at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department is oriented to meeting the personnel needs of educational institutions and service providers in Arkansas and the nation by offering a strong emphasis on professional education with a practical application in each program. The department also provides community organizations and professional groups with services for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, persons with visual impairments, and persons with physical disabilities.

General Information

The Department of CARE offers two undergraduate degrees and four graduate degrees. The undergraduate degrees are:

Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, a Master of Education in counseling, a master of arts in rehabilitation counseling, a master of education in adult education, and a master of arts degree in rehabilitation for the blind are offered. The rehabilitation degree has two emphasis areas:

  • Orientation and mobility instruction for the blind
  • Rehabilitation teaching for the blind

A post-masters degree certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling is also offered through the Department of CARE. A certificate in Orientation and Mobility is offered on the master’s level. Consult the UALR Graduate Catalog for more information on the graduate programs.

Interpreter Education, American Sign Language (ASL)/English

The Associate of Science degree requires 60 hours and is designed to develop entry-level interpreting skills for students who are beginning careers in interpretation. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 124 hours and is designed to develop mid- to high-level interpreting skills for students who are advancing their careers in interpretation and the field of deafness. Both programs are designed to develop the interpreting skills necessary for interpretation between individuals who are hearing and individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing, in the public and private sectors, educational institutions, business and industry, the arts, and in the community at large throughout Arkansas and the country.

Course work provides students with the knowledge of cultural diversity and interpretation skills necessary for practical application of the theories of second language learning and interpretation. The program includes:

  • Instruction in American Sign Language, an English-based sign system, interpretation theory and process, the deaf community and deaf culture, and the profession of interpreting.

    Beginning and advanced interpretation and transliteration techniques with practice among American Sign Language, spoken English, and an English-based sign system, as well as techniques for interpreting for individuals who are oral, who are deaf-blind, and who are from diverse cultural backgrounds

  • Bicultural and multicultural sensitivity training and techniques for producing linguistic and cultural equivalents
  • Ninety clock hours of supervised practicum in direct communication with individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing
  • Three hundred clock hours of supervised internship in interpretation settings (BA degree only)

Practicum sites in Arkansas may include, but are not limited to, the Arkansas School for the Deaf, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, independent school districts throughout central Arkansas, Administrative Office of the Courts, the UALR community, and the community at large. Internship sites may include in-state and out-of-state placements depending on students’ abilities and/or interests.

The Interpreter Education Program maintains a sign language laboratory of instructional materials for student use. All American Sign Language and interpreting methods sections require a minimum of one hour of lab per week.

Students must attain an overall GPA of 2.00 in all work attempted at the University and attain a grade of C or greater in each of the ASL and interpretation courses. Courses in the associate of arts and the bachelor of arts degrees prepare students for the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI), the Mid-America Quality Assurance Screening State Test (QAST), the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. Certification Tests (RID), and the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA).


Second Language Requirement for all BA Degrees and Selected Other Degrees

Nine hours of ASL or demonstration of the equivalent proficiency meets the second language requirement for students seeking BA degrees.


Credit Validation

Students who have acquired ASL skills before enrolling at UALR may apply for credit for their proficiency by taking the sequel language skill course and earning a grade of B or greater. Students must request retroactive credit from the program coordinator. Up to nine hours of credit may be obtained in this manner. Students may request a language placement test by contacting the program office at (501) 569-3169 to identify at what level the should enroll.


Admission and Exit Requirements in Interpreter Education

Students pursuing the Associate of Arts degree in Interpretation: ASL/English, must complete three (3) hours of ASL (INTR 1320 American Sign Language I), with a grade of B or greater, or demonstrate equal proficiency (see ASL Placement Test), or obtain permission from the program coordinator, Linda Stauffer, (501) 569-3169, before admission to the program. Students must make an appointment with a program advisor for advisement. To complete the AA degree program, students must attain a grade of C or greater in each of the interpretation courses, achieve an Intermediate Level on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI), take the state-administered Mid-America Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST) for interpreters, and meet all other associate degree requirements. See “Associate Degree Requirement” on page 25. Required Benchmark: An SCPI Intermediate Level is required for continuation into the last semester of interpreting courses (INTR 3362, 3364, 3366, which are co-requisite courses).

Students declaring the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpretation: ASL/English as a major must complete six (6) hours of American Sign Language courses (INTR 1320 and INTR 1321) with grades of B or greater in each course, or demonstrate equal proficiency, or obtain permission from the program coordinator for admission to the program. Students must attain an overall GPA of 2.0 in all work attempted at UALR, a grade of C or greater in each of the interpretation courses, demonstrate proficiency or complete nine (9) hours of second language requirements (ASL satisfies the language requirement), achieve an SCPI Intermediate Level, take the state-administered Mid-America Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST) for interpreters again, and must meet all other baccalaureate degree requirements. See “Baccalaureate Degree Requirements” on page 25. Required Benchmarks: An SCPI Intermediate Level is required for continuation into the beginning interpreting courses (INTR 3362, 3364 and 3366 which are co-requisite courses) and a QAST Level I/I is required prior for continuation into the intermediate interpreting course (INTR 3368) which has a co-requisite course, INTR 3370 (Ethical Standards and Practices for Interpreters).


Minor in Educational Interpreting

(Interpretation Majors Only)
The minor in Educational Interpreting requires 18 hours. The program is designed to provide students majoring in Interpretation with the special skills necessary for interpreting in K-12 educational settings. Required courses include INTR 3344, 3350, 3372, 4346, 4370, 4384.


Minor in Sign Language Studies

(Non-interpretation Majors Only)
The minor in Sign Language Studies requires 18 hours. The program is designed to provide a basic knowledge of American Sign Language and English-based sign language systems, the profession of interpreting, and the field of deafness. Required courses include INTR 1320, 1321, 2320, and 1340. Students must complete two additional courses from INTR 2330, 2280, 2321, 2240 or 2344. Students interested in becoming professional interpreters for persons who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing will need additional course work beyond the requirements of this minor.


Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation: ASL/English

General: 124 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page 26 for details.
NOTE: INTR 1320, 1321 and 2320, as part of the program, satisfies the 9-hour second language proficiency requirement.

Major (62 hours)

Sign Language Studies Courses (25 hours)

    INTR 1320 American Sign Language I
    INTR 1321 American Sign Language II
    INTR 2320 American Sign Language III
    INTR 2321 American Sign Language IV
    INTR 1340 Deaf Culture
    INTR 2240 Specialized Terminology
    INTR 2280 Fingerspelling
    INTR 2330 Manually Coded English in Educational Settings
    INTR 2344 Comparative Linguistics

Foundation Courses (6 hours)
    INTR 3347 Introduction to Interpreting
    INTR 3380 Introduction to Interpreting Research

Interpreting Courses (28 hours)

    INTR 2240 Specialized Terminology
    INTR 3364 Sign to Voice Interpreting/Transliterating
    INTR 3366 Voice to Sign Interpreting/Transliterating
    INTR 4330 Interpreting I
    INTR 4332 Interpreting 2
    INTR 4358 Interpreting for Persons who are Deaf-Blind
    INTR 4380 Advanced Transliteration: English-English
    INTR 4382 Advanced Interpretation: ASL-English

Capstone Course (7 hours)

    INTR 4770 Internship

Minor in Educational Interpreting (18 hours)

(Required for all Interpreting Majors)

    INTR 3344 Interpretation Theory and Process
    INTR 3350 Artistic Interpreting
    INTR 3372 Interpreting for Persons who are Hard of Hearing
    INTR 4346 Principles of Educational Interpreting
    INTR 4370 Ethical Standards and Practices
    INTR 4384 Interpreting Academic Subjects

Minor in Sign Language Studies (18 hours)

(Non-Interpreting Majors Only)

Required Courses

    INTR 1320 American Sign Language I
    INTR 1321 American Sign Language II
    INTR 2320 American Sign Language III
    INTR 1340 Deaf Culture


Minor Electives (Select Six Hours from the Following)

    INTR 2240 Specialized Terminology
    INTR 2280 Fingerspelling
    INTR 2321 American Sign Language IV
    INTR 2330 Manually Coded English in Educational Settings
    INTR 2344 Comparative Linguistics

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Minor Courses (18 hours)
Minor in Educational Interpreting or any other academic minor offered at the University.


Associate of Science in American Sign Language Studies

General: 60 total hours, including 35 hours of core and 15 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (35 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Major (25 hours)

Sign Language Studies Courses (25 hours)

    INTR 1320 American Sign Language I
    INTR 1321 American Sign Language II
    INTR 2320 American Sign Language III
    INTR 2321 American Sign Language IV
    INTR 1340 Deaf Culture
    INTR 2240 Specialized Terminology
    INTR 2280 Fingerspelling
    INTR 2330 Manually Coded English in Educational Settings
    INTR 2344 Comparative Linguistics