The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Sacramento State offers an impressive level of expertise to the Sacramento community and surrounding areas. The clinic, housed within the department, provides assessment and treatment services for a wide variety of children and adults with communication disorders.
Providing innovative, evidence-based assessment and treatment methodologies to those seeking to improve their functional communication skills has been a primary focus of speech and language therapy offered in our clinic. All assessments and therapy are conducted by graduate student clinicians under direct supervision
of department faculty.
Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in our field. They possess both national certification and state licenses in speech-language pathology or audiology.
Our mission is to train competent professionals in speech, language pathology and audiology with an appropriate scientific background, clinical skill and an appreciation for the need to continue learning beyond formal academic training.
The fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are concerned with disorders of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing. A Speech-Language Pathologist is trained to diagnose and treat language, speech and swallowing disorders. An Audiologist is trained to identify impairments and dysfunction of auditory, balance, and other related systems.
The Department offers a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program, Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, a Second Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The SLPA Program meets the State of California’s registration and licensing requirements for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. The Bachelor’s degrees provide background in theoretical and clinical areas necessary to apply for graduate study in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The Master's degree provides professional training for a career in Speech-Language Pathology.
Employment as a Speech-Language Pathologist in California requires both a Master's degree and a credential or license. Completion of the Master's degree provides the training necessary for students to qualify for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, California State License as a Speech-Language Pathologist and the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential for working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the California public schools. The Department also prepares students to apply for the Special Class Authorization, an extension of the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, required to teach a classroom of language-disordered children in California (Other experiences and exams are also required; these will be described below under "Additional Information.").
A Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology can lead to other careers in health- and education-related fields. The broad, yet challenging, nature of the Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology prepares students for employment requiring a background in human development, communication, health, and education. Graduates have pursued work in the fields of special education, counseling, and rehabilitation, as well as careers in the health insurance industry, disability law, career advising, and government health programs.
- The Bachelor’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
- Graduate students in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology participate in supervised clinical practica through the campus-based Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center.
- Graduate practica in Speech-Language Pathology include three semesters of on-campus clinic, an internship in the public schools, and optional internships in local hospitals and other agencies. Upon completion of the Master's degree, students will have acquired a variety of supervised clinical experiences totaling a minimum of 400 clock hours.
- The Master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
- The Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential with Special Class Authorization is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
The master's education program in speech-language pathology at California State University, Sacramento is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Current period of 8 years beginning December 1, 2011 through November 30, 2019.