Program of Study
This Master’s level program will prepare candidates for the professional practice of Speech-Language Pathology. The coursework and practicum experiences that comprise this degree enable candidates to simultaneously obtain the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree, fulfill the academic requirements for the American-Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) membership and certification (CCC), meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) academic program requirements for obtaining the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, and apply for state licensure through the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispenser’s Board (SLPAB). To be admitted to this Master’s program, a candidate must show evidence of successful completion of prerequisite courses in Speech and Language Sciences or Communicative Disorders. After earning this Master of Science degree, in order to earn their state license, speech-language pathology credential and national certification, candidates must (a) pass the National Exam (PRAXIS), and (b) complete the clinical fellowship year (CFY).
The Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology at CSUSM is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. This program is approved by the CCTC.
For further details on state licensure, ASHA membership and certification, and CCTC credentialing, please refer to their web pages:
*The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology is offered through Extended Learning.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology will be able to:
- Describe the nature of typical and disordered communication and swallowing across the lifespan.
- Integrate theory, research, and Evidence-Based Practice principles into prevention, assessment and intervention practices.
- Interact and communicate in ways that promote wellness and reflect respect for diversity, collaboration and ethics.
- Demonstrate summative knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level practice within the field of speech-language pathology through defense of a culminating experience.
- Preparation for ASHA certification, which includes one Biological Science (human or animal), one Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry), one Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or Public Health), and a Statistics course. These courses must be outside of the domain of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
- Bachelor’s Degree, including undergraduate preparatory coursework in basic science^
- A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
- All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.
- Additional materials as indicated on website.
Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited for an on-campus interview.
^Required Preparatory Undergraduate Coursework:
All students must complete a minimum of 400 direct clock hours, including 25 observation, and 375 direct service hours in a minimum of three different settings. All hours will be completed under the supervision of a Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.
Graduate students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B). Any student whose overall GPA falls below 3.0 (B) will be put on Academic Probation. If the overall GPA falls below 3.0 (B) for two consecutive semesters, the student will be dropped from the program. The degree program has additional stipulations, requirements, and limitations around course grades and course repeats that are specified in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Student Handbook, made available to matriculated students via their Cohort Community webpage.
The culminating experience is completed in the final semester as part of SLP 698. Students complete their culminating experience which may take the form of a thesis, project, or written comprehensive examination. Students must complete an oral defense of their work. Students must continuously enroll in this course until completion of the culminating experience
International Student Admissions Requirements
For all Extended Learning degree programs, international students include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. Students must submit academic records from international institutions. The original international transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. In addition, all international transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM international transcript evaluation agencies. Please visit this link to obtain the list of the eight approved CSUSM international transcript evaluation agencies.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Please refer to the following link: http://www.csusm.edu/global/gradadmiss/gradmreq.html
Upon acceptance and prior to enrollment in the first semester of courses, students must provide evidence of the following:
1. Certificate of Clearance
2. Passing of the Basic Skills Requirement
Upon acceptance students must complete or provide evidence of the following in order to begin their clinical practicum:
1. Health Information Privacy & Portability Act (HIPPA) training
2. Background screening
3. Immunizations & TB
4. CPR Training
5. Malpractice & Health Insurance
6. Health Physical
7. Clinical Waiver
Advancement to Candidacy
The student will advance to candidacy upon successful completion of all academic coursework. All M.S. in SLP students must complete SLP 698 - Culminating and Summative Experience in Speech-Language Pathology (3 units) as part of the culminating experience for Master’s study. The culminating experience may be a thesis, project, or a comprehensive written examination. In addition, students must take the PRAXIS examination prior to graduation and must report their scores to the program.
Degree Requirements and Courses
Special Topics Variable Course
This is a special topics variable course by which the program can offer unique curriculum not covered in the current program.