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Sign Language Interpretation Diploma


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Coquitlam

    Resources

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    City of Coquitlam
  • Length
    2 years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $6,900 (Year One)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2,000 - $2,300 (Year One)
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Block Transfer
    • University Course Transfer
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

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Application Deadline Advice

Admissions are offered on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Fall Semester Entry:  Applications open early October of the previous year

Application Fee: $36 (domestic students); $100 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade)

1. High school graduation or equivalent or

  • One course short of BC secondary school graduation
  • 19 years old by the end of the first month of the first semester of attendance
  • 17 years old on the first day of the first semester of attendance and has not been in school for at least one year
  • Completion of a certificate or equivalent from a special needs program and has been in school for 12 years

2. English 12 (C) or equivalent

Note: based on both course and provincial exam grades

3. Completion of ENGL 1130 or CMNS 115 or equivalent 

4. An understanding of the Deaf community, Deaf culture, hearing culture, and the field of Sign Language interpreting, as demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Completion of the ASL and Deaf Studies Program at Vancouver Community College or equivalent
  • Completion of the following 21 credits or their equivalent:
    • One of CMNS 1104 or CMNS 1216 (3 credits)
    • One of CMNS 1125 or PEFA 1100 (3 credits)
    • INTR 1101 (3 credits)
    • INTR 1102 (3 credits)
    • INTR 1103 (3 credits)
    • One 11XX-level (first-year) LING (3 credits)
    • SOCI 1125 (3 credits)

Non-Academic

1. Proficiency in American Sign Language communication (demonstrated during the Screening and Selection activities)


Admission Advice

1. If you are attending another institution in BC to complete the above admission prerequisite courses for this program, please refer to BC Transfer Guide to search for information on course transferability/equivalency. 


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy Douglas's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

One of:

  • English 12 (C)*
  • English Studies 12 (C)
  • English First Peoples 12 (C)
  • English Literature 12 (C)
  • Communications 12 (B)*
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 (C)*
  • AP English Language or Literature (level 3)
  • IB English Language A (SL) (level 3)
  • Equivalent substitution (Testing Option or College Course Option or Language School Pathway Option)

Note (*): based on both course and provincial exam grades

Click here for complete details on English Proficiency Requirement.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

You are eligible for enrollment at Douglas College if you meet the General Admission Requirements along with the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for Douglas College in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

General Admission Requirements

1. One of:

  • BC secondary school graduation (or the equivalent in another school system)
  • One course short of BC secondary school graduation
  • 19 years old by the end of the first month of the first semester of attendance
  • 17 years old on the first day of the first semester of attendance and has not been in school for at least one year
  • Completion of a certificate or equivalent from a special needs program and has been in school for 12 years

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C)*
  • English Studies 12 (C)
  • English First Peoples 12 (C)
  • English Literature 12 (C)
  • Communications 12 (B)*
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 (C)*
  • AP English Language or Literature (level 3)
  • IB English Language A (SL) (level 3)
  • Equivalent substitution (Testing Option or College Course Option or Language School Pathway Option)

Note (*): based on both course and provincial exam grades

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation, you would qualify for general admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for Douglas College in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.  

Out-of-Province

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation, you would qualify for general admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for Douglas College in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.  

 

BC Transfer Student

All applicants must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

If you have completed post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your current program at Douglas College. Please refer to Douglas College's Transfer Credit web page. The transfer credit evaluation process involves a form, a fee, and sealed, official transcripts.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

All applicants must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

If you have completed post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your current program at Douglas College. Please refer to Douglas College's Transfer Credit web page. The transfer credit evaluation process involves a form, a fee, and sealed, official transcripts.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Mature Student

If you are at least 19 years old on the first day of class, or at least 17 years old and have not been enrolled in school for at least one year, you may qualify for general admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for Douglas College in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.  

International Student

For details on admission requirements and services available for International Students, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

If you are a student with special needs and have completed a certificate or equivalent from a special program and have been in school for at least 12 years you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for each Douglas College's program are detailed separately in the EducationPlannerBC Search Database.

How to Apply

Applying to Douglas College as Canadian Students 

Applying to Douglas College as International Students 

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