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Program Information

Since 1952, Sac State has remained committed to training highly competent professionals in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology and to providing the community with exceptional speech, language, swallowing and hearing services.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders continues this commitment by providing speech-language pathology and audiology services to our community through our on-campus clinic, the Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center and by offering the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Second Baccalaureate of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD2B)
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant Summer Extension Coursework
  • Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Students must complete the major prerequisites listed in the catalogue before beginning courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Undergraduate courses begin in the fall semester and progress in a prescribed sequence as outlined in the catalogue.
  • It is strongly recommended that students have completed a course in physics and/or chemistry as they will be required later on when applying to a Master’s program.
  • A student must have a 2.5 GPA in the major in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

CSAD BS Catalog Listing

Second Baccalaureate of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Second Baccalaureate of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD2B, a.k.a. SBSCSAD ) is designed for those candidates who currently possess a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than Speech Pathology and Audiology or Communication Disorders. The 16 month format is ideal for those that wish to make a career change. Participants will complete 46 units in lecture, laboratory and clinical coursework.

Upon completion of the program, participants will earn a Bachelor of Science and be eligible to apply for California Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Licensure and to apply to Master’s Programs in Speech Pathology or Communication Disorders program for which this equivalency is accepted.

The Sac State College of Continuing Education manages the CSAD2B program, with courses taught by faculty from the Sac State Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

CSAD2B / SBSCSAD Program Details

Speech Language Pathology Assistant Summer Extension Coursework

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Sacramento State Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Extension Coursework is held in the summer semester.

The SLPA Program is comprised of two 3-unit courses, CSAD 140 and CSAD 140L. Together these courses are designed to meet the State of California’s registration and licensing requirements for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Code of Ethics.

Summer 2021 SLPA Program

The SLPA program class (CSAD 140) will be held virtually during the Summer of 2021. CSAD 140L fieldwork experiences will be scheduled for each student individually and will start according to the schedule that is available at the matched internship site. Internship fieldwork experiences will be tentatively scheduled to start at the end of May/beginning of June. For successful completion of the program, students must meet SLPA Program competencies and completion of a fieldwork placement that consists of 100 clinical hours, including 80 directly supervised client contact hours, and 20 indirectly supervised hours consisting of Other SLPA duties. While at this time it is expected that some internship fieldwork experiences will be offered in a virtual option, face-to-face options may be possible as regional public schools resume in-person instruction. Information regarding available options will be provided to students upon admission.

How to Apply

Application submittal window will be open 04/05/2021 at 6:00am PST and will close 04/09/2021 at 5:00pm PST.

To apply for the SLPA program, application are to be submitted via the Qualtrics Summer 2021 SLPA Application (button below). At the link, you will need to provide:

  1. Contact Information
  2. A description of your experience working with K-12 populations (description of up to 3 experiences)
  3. Answers to questions to formulate a personal statement
  4. A current resume detailing your educational, work, and volunteer experiences (uploaded to this application as an attachment)
  5. A recommendation to the SLPA program from a faculty member of CSUS (sent separately). The recommendation must be from either one full-time professor or a part-time clinical or didactic instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Sacramento. Recommenders have been provided with instructions to complete their recommendation. Recommendations are to be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm on April 9th, 2021. Please provide your full name and student ID to the faculty member completing your recommendation.

Other Pertinent Information:

The SLPA program is intended for students who are not attending a graduate program to start in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 school year, and who are not planning on attending a graduate program of any kind for one calendar year after the start of the SLPA program.

Due to the number of applications received for this program, students admitted to a graduate program and who intend to attend graduate training according to the dates above are not eligible to enroll in the SLPA program. We expect that students who are admitted to, and who plan to attend, a graduate program, notify the SLPA program coordinator to withdraw his/her application to the SLPA program upon receiving notification of acceptance into a graduate program

Please continue to check this website for updates regarding the SLPA program or email or email Dr. Heather Thompson.

Information Session

A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program Information Session will be held on March 18th, 2021 at 9:30AM.

Speech Language Pathologist Master Clinicians

Are you a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with ASHA CCCs? Do you have an interest in acting as a Speech Language Pathologist Master Clinician with our Department? Please complete our Qualtrics SLPA Master Clinician Survey. As part of this application, you will be asked to upload a screenshot of your 1) ASHA Card and 2) State License for Speech-Language Pathology. SLP Master Clinicians without ASHA CCCs are not currently eligible to supervise SLPA Student Interns.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 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. Graduate student clinicians under direct supervision of department faculty conduct all assessments and therapy.

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.

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Sacramento State emphasizes theory before practice. Students must understand that admission priority is given to students whose undergraduate curriculum is the most equivalent to Sacramento State’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Curriculum.

Visit the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders Program and Admissions Page for more information on the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders Program and application instructions.

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In addition to California State University, Sacramento's full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the Communication Sciences and Disorders Master of Science (M.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, 2019 through November 30, 2027.

Licensure and Credentialing State-by-State resources are available via ASHA

Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the Sacramento State campus, the California State University Chancellor's Office, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) curriculum and program design. The program has also been granted Developing Status by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). In July 2020, the Au.D. program was awarded candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation. The program is welcoming its first cohort of students in August 2020.

The Au.D. joins the Communication Sciences and Disorders programs, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and the School of Nursing in Folsom Hall. The addition of the Au.D. program to our rich interprofessional education (IPE) environment, which is unique among training programs, furthers our University’s ability to graduate more education and healthcare professionals who are ready to meet the current demand for collaborative student, client, and patient-centered assessment and treatment.

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The Doctor of Audiology program has received approval from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) has granted the program "Developing Status” and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology at California State University, Sacramento is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Admissions for the second cohort, which has a program start date of Fall 2021, will open on October 1, 2020, and close February 15, 2021. Information about applying to the program can be found on the Doctorate of Audiology webpage.

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Additional Program Information

Equal Access

California State University-Sacramento, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you have a documented disability and verification from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD), and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation of disability to SSWD and meet with a SSWD counselor to request special accommodation before classes start.

Sacramento State Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) offers a wide range of support services and accommodations for students in order to ensure students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to pursue their educational goals. Working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and administrators, SSWD provides consultation and serves as the information resource on disability related issues to the campus community.

SSWD is located in Lassen Hall 1008 and can be contacted by phone at (916) 278-6955 (Voice) or (916) 278-7239 (TDD only) or via email at sswd@csus.edu.

Diversity

Sacramento State has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and inclusion in all areas.

We consider qualified applicants for our programs without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State is a Hispanic-serving Institution, an Asian American Pacific Islander-serving institution, thoroughly abides by Title IX, and is a caring campus where students of all identities and intersectionalities are welcomed.

Equal Opportunity

The program adheres to Sacramento State's Policy for ensuring that appropriate corrective action is taken when violations of compliance with non-discrimination laws and regulations occur. Any violations of compliance are referred directly to the Equal Opportunity Office.

Sacramento State is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive university for all members of our campus community. As part of our commitment, Sacramento State and its programs comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders prohibiting discrimination towards students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinics. This includes prohibitions on discrimination based on any category prohibited by applicable law including, but not limited to, age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

California State University Executive Orders 1096 (employee and third parties) and 1097 (students) outline the policy prohibiting, and procedures for addressing complaints of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. William Bishop, CSU Sacramento Director of Equal Opportunity, is the University’s DHR Administrator/Title IX Coordinator. Mr. Bishop’s office is responsible for monitoring, supervising, and overseeing overall Campus-wide implementation of and compliance with the Executive Orders and state/federal civil rights laws — including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of complaint procedures for employees, students, and third parties in the areas of discrimination (including sex discrimination), harassment (including sexual harassment), sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.