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Ph.D. in Interpretation

Dr. Cynthia Roy, Program Coordinator
Hall Memorial Building, Room 1409

The Department of Interpretation offers a Ph.D. degree in interpretation, with a focus on American Sign Language-English interpretation. This program is available for experienced interpreters who meet the University's Graduate School and Department of Interpretation admission requirements. The program is designed to prepare future interpreter educators and researchers, who will provide exemplary leadership in the interpreting field. Students may specialize in one of two theoretical and applied areas: interpreting research or interpretation pedagogy. Both areas have a strong emphasis on research. Successful completion and graduation from the MAI or MA-IR program at Gallaudet is encouraged. The program consists of two years and a half years of coursework. Students advance to doctoral candidacy through an examination after one year of coursework, and take a comprehensive examination after 40 credits. Students complete a data-based research project and write a qualifying paper, and then progress to writing a dissertation proposal. After defending the proposal, students undertake a dissertation study and receive the Ph.D. after completion of a dissertation. Doctoral students also must have an ASLPI score of 4.0 or better to graduate.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Interpretation must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Courses' and 'Requirements' tab. 

DEADLINEDATE
First Date for Consideration of Application: February 15
Last Date for Completed Application: no set date


Program Specific Requirements


  • MA in interpretation, translation or related field
  • GRE or MAT
  • TOEFL scores for international students
  • A 15-20 page academic writing sample, or a 15-20 page essay, including references and citations (APA style) on the following: Please describe and assess three peer-reviewed articles or books in the field of Interpretation Studies that have shaped your thinking about the interpreting process and/or the role of the interpreter.
  • Evidence of professional certification as interpreter
  • Minimum 3 years interpreting experience (five years strongly encouraged)

Program of Study

The doctoral curriculum consists of a total of 50-51 credits of coursework plus dissertation research. Students may specialize in one of two theoretical and applied areas: interpreting research or interpretation pedagogy or do a combined program.

All students must complete the following courses: INT 810 Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions, INT 812 Research Internship, INT 813 Research Internship, INT 821 Interpreting Pedagogy I, INT 832 Research Internship, INT 845 Guided Research Project, and INT 833 Research Internship.

Students specializing in the pedagogy track also are required to take the following courses: INT 831 Interpreting Pedagogy II, INT 841 Doctoral Teaching Internship I, and INT 842 Doctoral Teaching Internship II (INT 831 and INT 841 may require residency on campus).

Students specializing in the research track also are required to take the following courses: INT 820 Interpreting Studies: Socio-cultural Dimensions, and INT 830 Interpreting Studies: Cognitive & Psychological Dimensions.

Students taking a combination track are also required to take the following courses: INT 820 Interpreting: Socio-cultural Dimensions, INT 830 Interpreting Studies: Cognitive Psychological Dimensions; and INT 842 Doctoral Teaching Internship II.

Research Internship

For the research internship, students will work on all aspects of the research cycle with data-based interpreting research project run by an experienced scholar or group of scholars. Students will also devote time to discussion of the internship with the instructor related to their research experiences, focusing both on the process and product of their work, in either independent meetings or a regularly scheduled seminar with other interns.

Teaching Internship

The teaching internship site will be in the Department of Interpretation at Gallaudet University; preparation for the teaching internship occurs in the two preceding courses in which students examine the Gallaudet curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels (our department is the only institution to offer both levels of interpreter education), compare and contrast it with other curriculums, and observe and assist in teaching with department faculty in the BA and perhaps the MA courses. This prepares the student to teach independently within the department for their internship.

Candidacy Examination

After the first two semesters of coursework for full-time students, or 20 credit hours for part-time students, students must successfully complete a written examination designed to evaluate a student's understanding, knowledge, and application of the approaches that underlie interpretation studies, and pedagogical approaches. This examination will be in written English and requires a written response, or a translation of a signed response.

Comprehensive Examination

Comprehensive examinations serve to assess a doctoral student's knowledge and understanding of Interpreting Studies (IS) is at a sufficiently high level to begin dissertation research. Upon completion of 37 credit hours, students must successfully present a demonstration in ASL of their theoretical and methodological knowledge of IS and their grasp of the fundamental studies and works in IS. Students in the pedagogy and combined track will also create a presentation on pedagogy including curriculum and course development, evidence-based teaching practices, assessment practices, and the instruction of specific interpreting skills.

Qualifying Paper

Students are required to conduct a substantial data-based research project related to interpretation or translation, which results in a written qualifying paper. The process will be guided by a faculty advisor and will include conducting a review of relevant literature, writing a proposal (including IRB approval and/or small grants applications), collecting data, coding and analyzing data and creating drafts, which culminate in the completion of the final paper ready for submission to a journal.

Dissertation Proposal and Defense

Students will prepare a proposal which includes an introduction to the study and the research question(s), a preliminary review of the relevant literature, a detailed research plan including a description of the methodology and plan for analysis, a working bibliography, an outline of the dissertation, and a timeline. Once the dissertation advisor deems the proposal ready for review by the committee, the candidate distributes copies to the committee members. When the proposal is ready for a defense, the chair of the dissertation committee will schedule a formal defense, and will notify both the Department Chair and the PhD Coordinator.

Dissertation and Defense

The dissertation is a professional product that not only represents the student's level of achievement, but also the scholarship generated by the program, the department, and Gallaudet University. The dissertation chair and committee members work to ensure the project demonstrates original research that contributes to new knowledge and/or a reinterpretation of existing knowledge to the area of investigation. Students work closely with their chair, and occasionally with their committee members, throughout the proposal, research, and writing process.

 

Teaching concentration

Semester I - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 810Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions3
INT 812Research Internship I1
Elective in curriculum or assessment3
Elective in linguistics or translation studies3

Semester II - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 813Research Internship II1
INT 821Interpreting Pedagogy I3
Elective in curriculum or assessment3
Elective in research methods or statistics3

Semester III - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 831Interpreting Pedagogy II3
INT 832Research Internship III1
Elective in program design and evaluation3
Elective3
Complete Qualifying Paper

Semester IV - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 833Research Internship IV1
INT 841Doctoral Teaching Internship I3
INT 845Guided Research Project3

Semester V - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 842Doctoral Teaching Internship II3
INT 850Dissertation Proposal3
Elective3

Semester VI - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9

Semester VII - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9

Semester VIII - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9
  • Total: 50-74 credits

Research concentration

Semester I - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 810Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions3
INT 812Research Internship I1
Elective in linguistics or translation studies3
Elective in research methods or statistics3

Semester II - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 813Research Internship II1
INT 820Interpreting Studies: Socio-Cultural Dimensions3
INT 821Interpreting Pedagogy I3
Elective in Sociology, Anthropology or Sociolinguistics3

Semester III - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 830Interpreting Studies: Cognitive and Psychological Dimensions3
INT 832Research Internship III1
Elective in cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, or psycholinguistics3
Elective in research methods or statistics3
Complete Qualifying Paper

Semester IV - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 833Research Internship IV1
INT 845Guided Research Project3
Elective3

Semester V - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 850Dissertation Proposal3
Elective3
Elective3

Semester VI - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9

Semester VII - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9

Semester VIII - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9
  • Total: 50-74 credits

Combined Teaching and Research concentration

Semester I - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 810Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions3
INT 812Research Internship I1
Elective in curriculum or assessment3
Elective in linguistics or translation studies3

Semester II - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 813Research Internship II1
INT 820Interpreting Studies: Socio-Cultural Dimensions3
INT 821Interpreting Pedagogy I3
Elective in curriculum or assessment3
OR
Elective in Sociology, Anthropology or Sociolinguistics3

Semester III - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 830Interpreting Studies: Cognitive and Psychological Dimensions3
INT 831Interpreting Pedagogy II3
INT 832Research Internship III1
Elective in cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, or psycholinguistics3
OR
Elective in research methods or statistics3
Complete Qualifying Paper

Semester IV - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 833Research Internship IV1
INT 845Guided Research Project3
INT 841Doctoral Teaching Internship I3

Semester V - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 842Doctoral Teaching Internship II3
INT 850Dissertation Proposal3
Elective3

Semester VI - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9

Semester VII - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9

Semester VIII - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
INT 900Dissertation Research1-9
  • Total: 51-75 credits
 

INT 810 - Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions (3)

An advanced seminar focusing on linguistic and translation theory and research as it pertains to interpretation. Topics will vary depending upon current developments in the field.

INT 812 - Research Internship I (1)

Students serve as an intern working on all aspects of the research cycle with data-based interpreting research project run by an experienced scholar or group of scholars. Students will participate in this field work for 50 clock hours per credit hour under the supervision of a Department of Interpretation faculty member. Student will assume increasing responsibilities on research projects approved by their advisor.

  • Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of the instructor.

    Co-requisite: INT 810 Linguistic and Translation Dimensions

INT 813 - Research Internship II (1)

Students serve as an intern working on all aspects of the research cycle with data-based interpreting research project run by an experienced scholar or group of scholars. Students will participate in this field work for 50 clock hours per credit hour under the supervision of a Department of Interpretation faculty member. Student will assume increasing responsibilities on research projects approved by their advisor.

  • Pre-requisite: INT 812

INT 820 - Interpreting Studies: Socio-Cultural Dimensions (3)

An advanced seminar focusing on socio-linguistic and anthropologic theory and research as it pertains to interpretation. Topics will vary depending upon current developments in the field.

  • Prerequisites: INT 810

INT 821 - Interpreting Pedagogy I (3)

This course provides students with an introduction to educational and interpretation philosophies, teaching considerations and techniques, and considerations for faculty responsibilities in academia in the areas of teaching, service, scholarship, and administration. Students will research and analyze program and curriculum design and their interplay with student learning outcomes, teaching Deaf and non-deaf interpreters, and teaching styles. Students will learn procedures for observing classrooms, teachers and students and perform observations. They will learn how learning experiences are planned, the role technology plays in learning experiences, and how to assess reading and course materials. Students will survey teaching techniques for teaching ethics, interpreting skills, assessing student skills, and teaching self-assessment skills.

  • Prerequisite: INT 810 and an elective in curriculum or assessment

INT 830 - Interpreting Studies: Cognitive and Psychological Dimensions (3)

An advanced seminar focusing on cognitive and psychological dimensions of the interpreting process. Topics will vary depending upon current developments in the field.

  • Prerequisite: INT 820

INT 831 - Interpreting Pedagogy II (3)

This course builds on INT 821 and provides students with hands-on opportunities to put into practice what they have been learning. Students will address the issues of course design, classroom teaching, and assessment by co-teaching courses with department faculty. Learning experiences will address issues including, but not limited to, of student learning outcomes, ethics, skill development, self-assessment, attitude and interpreting skills, use of technology, use and development of materials, grading, academic integrity, and classroom activities. They will conduct evaluation of teaching interpreting through action research in the classroom.

  • Prerequisites: INT 821 and electives in curriculum and assessment or permission of the instructor

INT 832 - Research Internship III (1)

Students serve as an intern working on all aspects of the research cycle with data-based interpreting research project run by an experienced scholar or group of scholars. Students will participate in this field work for 50 clock hours per credit hour under the supervision of a Department of Interpretation faculty member. Student will assume increasing responsibilities on research projects, at an advanced level, as approved by their advisor.

  • Prerequisite: INT 813

INT 833 - Research Internship IV (1)

Students serve as an intern working on all aspects of the research cycle with data-based interpreting research project run by an experienced scholar or group of scholars. Students will participate in this field work for 50 clock hours per credit hour under the supervision of a Department of Interpretation faculty member. Student will assume increasing responsibilities on research projects, at an professional level, as approved by their advisor.

  • Prerequisite: INT 832

INT 841 - Doctoral Teaching Internship I (3)

This course provides students the opportunity to teach independently with supervision of department instructors following the successful completion of INT 821 and INT 831. The student assumes the role of instructor in one or more course(s) in the Department of Interpretation. The purpose of this practicum is to develop and hone the doctoral student's ability to plan, implement, and evaluate an academic course in the interpretation.

  • Prerequisites: INT 821 and INT 831

INT 842 - Doctoral Teaching Internship II (3)

This course builds on INT 841, providing students the opportunity to teach independently with supervision of department instructors. The student assumes the role of instructor in one or more course(s) in the Department of Interpretation. The purpose of this practicum is to further develop and hone the doctoral student's ability to plan, implement, and evaluate an academic course in the interpretation.

  • Prerequisite: INT 841 or permission of instructor

INT 845 - Guided Research Project (3)

This course is a one semester course in which students conduct an intensive research project conducted under the guidance of a faculty member. The research, analysis, and writing require an amount of a student's time equivalent to a normal three-credit course. Students are expected to develop an appropriate research plan, to complete the IRB process, to analyze data, and to write a final report of publishable quality.

  • Prerequisite: INT 810

INT 850 - Dissertation Proposal (3)

The purpose of this course is to guide students through the process of writing a doctoral dissertation proposal. The proposal will include a problem statement, literature review. It will also incorporate the research design and methodology, a description of how the data will be treated and analyzed, and the significance and limitations of their proposed study.

  • Pre-requisites: INT 833, and successful completion of the qualifying paper.
    Pre-requisites: INT 845, INT 841

INT 900 - Dissertation Research (1-9)

Students register for this course while conducting all aspects of the dissertation research.

  • Prerequisite: INT 850
 
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