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Certificate of Specialized Study in Speech-Language Pathology*

Program of Study

This preparation program provides the foundational coursework that is prerequisite for a student to apply to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS in SLP) at CSUSM. It is intended for those that do not hold a Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communicative sciences and disorders. The program is intended as a post-baccalaureate certificate of preparation. The courses may also be used as the prerequisite coursework for other master’s programs in the field of speech-language pathology or communicative sciences and disorders, and interested students are recommended to consult with individual programs about their equivalency.

Thirty-three (33) units of undergraduate study are part of this preparation program.

In order to earn the Certificate of Specialized Study in Speech-Language Pathology, students must have an average GPA of B (3.0) or higher for the 33 units completed and must have earned at least a B- (2.7) in each of the courses.

*The Certificate of Specialized Study in Speech-Language Pathology is offered through Extended Learning.


Students should note that the American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires coursework in: Biological Sciences (preferably related to humans or animals), Physical Sciences (preferably physics or chemistry), Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Public Health) and Statistics (must be a stand-alone course, for example Research Methods will not meet this requirement) in order to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). This certificate will provide students with the coursework to satisfy all these requirements.

Standard IV: Knowledge Outcomes

Standard IV-A

The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of statistics as well as the biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences.

Implementation: Coursework in statistics as well as in biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences that is specifically related to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a general university requirement in the statistics, biology, physical science, or chemistry areas.

SLP 320  and BIOL 320  count as the Biological Science requirement. Please note that while these courses are specific to speech and hearing, they are considered General Education  (GE) courses at CSUSM and therefore count toward the Biological Sciences requirement.

PHYS 357  counts as the Physical Requirement. It is also a GE Course at CSUSM and therefore counts toward the Physical Science requirement.

SLP 364  counts as the Social Science requirement. It is also a GE Course at CSUSM and therefore counts toward the Social Science requirement.

MATH 142  is a course in Statistics.