George Brown has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree for a 7–year term starting September 29, 2015. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, George Brown will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. George Brown will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses, with a combined average of 65% or higher
- Grade 12 English (U) with a grade of 65% or higher
- Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 Math U or Grade 11 Science (U) or Grade 12 Science (U)
- Supplementary requirements as outlined below
Mature student status: 19 years or older and no OSSD
- English: Grade 12U with a grade of 65% or higher
- Math Grade 11 (M or U) or Grade 12 U or Science Grade 11U or Grade 12U
- Combined average of English and Math/Science of 65% or higher
- Postsecondary credits in English and Math/Science with a grade of B or higher will also be considered
- Supplementary requirements as outlined below
Non-deaf applicants: ASL skill level equivalent to approximately 200 hours of ASL instruction and practical use***
Deaf Interpreter applicants: Advanced (native) comprehension and articulation of American Sign Language with awareness of connotative levels of meaning, along with idiomatic expressions and colloquialism use
- Attend an Information session
- Attend screening Interview that evaluates ASL and pre-interpretation skills*
- Provide a reference letter** (to be submitted at the interview)
* Proficiency in both ASL and pre-interpretation skills will be demonstrated through required screening sessions. Applicants are required to demonstrate advanced conversational level American Sign Language in receptive and expressive American Sign Language. During the interview in both English and ASL, applicants are required to demonstrate an understanding of the Deaf community and the field of sign language interpreting.
** The letter of reference from a Deaf person should address the following: your current ASL abilities, your involvement in the Deaf community and their reason for supporting your application to the program. The letter is to be from a Deaf person who is not a family member or a faculty member of George Brown College. The letter must include their signature and their contact information. The letter can be either a type-written letter (Word or PDF document), or an ASL video letter, addressed to the program coordinator.
*** These competencies can be acquired through the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies certificate program at George Brown (C114), or an equivalent program, through part time courses in the community or through regular interaction with Deaf people.
Please note: Subject to competition, applicants may be required to have grades/averages above the minimum.
There is no admissions assessment(test) for the English, Math or Science requirements.
English language proficiency required:
George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 580 (Paper), 237 (Computer), 92 overall and 22 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60);
Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information
Note: In compliance with requests from our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)." Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program. Students are required to own or have regular access to a camcorder for practice and assignments.
Police Reference Check
- In compliance with requests from our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police reference check completed before their field placement.
- These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
- The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student.
- Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)".
- Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.
Please visit http://www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check for more details.