The Interpreter Education Program (IEP) faculty and staff welcome your 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, and meet our students! Call 501.916.3169 (voice) or contact the program coordinator, Dr. Linda Stauffer via email at email@example.com.
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 the program. Your major advisor will also help you select a minor if one is required or desired. Make an appointment today with the Interpreter Education Coordinator to meet with an advisor.
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 III.
New students and transfer students may apply online through UA Little Rock 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.
UA Little Rock’s program includes second language learning, foundations in deafness, deaf-blindness, and deaf culture, beginning to advanced methods in interpretation, minor, 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. UA Little Rock abides by program standards set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). The Interpreter Education program at UA Little Rock is one of a small number of BA programs that are accredited by the CCIE. 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 UA Little Rock 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. UA Little Rock 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.
The UA Little Rock Interpreter Education Program (IEP) stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) and promotes inclusion, equity, and respect for racial, cultural, and social differences among our students. The IEP affirms all students’ rights to full participation in the program, classroom, American Sign Language Lab, common areas and events sponsored by the program and its community partners. We seek to prepare our graduates and future professionals to work respectfully with all people regardless of race or other categorical identities. We will not tolerate harassing, discriminatory, oppressive behavior or acts, or disruptive language. Any concerns should be immediately brought to the attention of the instructor or program director.