Communication Sciences & Disorders

Formerly Speech Pathology & Audiology

The fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are concerned with disorders of communication, speech, language, swallowing, and hearing. A Speech-Language Pathologist is trained to diagnose and treat communication, 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 Communication Sciences and Disorders, a Second Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 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 Communication Sciences and Disorders. 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; Please see the department website for more information)

Admission as a classified graduate student in Communication Sciences & Disorders requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • an undergraduate major in Speech Pathology and Audiology or communicative disorders;
  • a minimum 2.75 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in the major;
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores totaling at least 900 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the exam. In the event that 900 is not achieved, the minimum total score required is 1350 if the analytic score is included, or 4.5 on the analytical writing portion. (The GRE may be waived if the student has a 3.5 GPA or above in SPHP courses);
  • three letters of recommendation on the department form; and
  • a letter describing relevant experience. (See Undergraduate Advising Manual.)

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