Welcome to the Communicative Disorders Program

The mission of the Communicative Disorders Program (CD) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is to prepare professionals to provide competent and compassionate service to people with communication disorders, across the lifespan. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of settings with full range of clinical competencies to serve a diverse population. 

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The SFSU CD Program is based on the following core values: collaboration; compassion; resilience; inquiry and investigation; life-long learning; professionalism; multiculturalism; leadership; mentorship; advocacy; and internationalism. To learn more about our vision, mission and goals, please read the CD Program Strategic Plan as well as our Position Statement on Supporting Students who are Non-native Speakers of Standard American EnglishThe vision of the CD Program at SFSU is to meet the challenges of the present and future through dynamic response to the need for qualified professionals in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Through a commitment to addressing the needs of the workplace and professional excellence, SFSU CD faculty will provide mentorship for future professionals to gain experience with wide range and diversity of individuals with communicative disorders; to understand their perspectives; and to integrate research with clinical practice in support of people with communication disorders across the life span. 

The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at San Francisco State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in 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. The current accreditation cycle by CAA is 2009-2017. Further, the SFSU CD Program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). We offer two degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Our curricula prepare students to meet the standards of ASHA certification, California state licensure in speech-language pathology, and the California Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. Please visit our Prospective Students page for more information about how to apply to our program and to download an application form.  

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The CD Program also houses a speech-language clinic, which provides high quality and affordable speech-language services for individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. The CD Clinic is an educational and training facility for master’s level clinicians. Graduate students provide screenings, diagnostic evaluations, and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults. All services are performed under the direct supervision of a state-licensed and ASHA certified member of the faculty.

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Lastly, student interns in the CD Program are placed in internships all over the culturally and linguistically rich San Francisco Bay Area, including urban, suburban and rural schools; private practices; rehabilitation facilities; skilled nursing facilities; acute care medical settings; and more.  The CD Program has access to over 20 school districts and 36 medical facilities that are available for placing SFSU speech-language pathology interns through established memoranda of understanding (MOUs).  Internship experiences range from low-income schools with predominantly English-language learners, to rehabilitation centers with war veterans, to clients with voice disorders, to patients with head injuries.