Advising Manual for Graduate Students in Communicative Disorders

 

About the M.S. Degree

The Master of Science education 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). 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.

The Communicative Disorders Program no longer offers a Master of Science Degree with emphasis in Audiology. For more information about the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree program, contact Dr. Marcia Raggio, mraggio@sfsu.edu

» Student Outcome Measures are available here

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Mission

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. 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.

Two degree programs are offered: the Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. To fulfill its mission, the CD Program at SFSU is committed to the following goals:

  • Promote a climate in which collaboration with all partners in the service of persons with communicative disorders is the core of clinical service
  • Demonstrate understanding of the perspectives of people with disabilities and their family members, through compassion for all participants and perspectives in communicative disorders
  • Obtain cultural competence in coursework and clinical experiences in the context of the unique cultural and linguistic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Participate in learning experiences across the continuum of professional development, from foundation course work in communication disorders for undergraduate students, to graduate education in speech-language pathology and audiology, to continuing education, and life-long learning
  • Develop resilience and skills necessary for future and current professionals to thrive in the workplace of the future
  • Promote clinical competence through the development of self-evaluation and analysis of the clinical interaction that builds a professional sense of self in all interactions
  • Embody a teaching and learning environment to foster critical thinking, research and inquiry throughout academic and clinical experiences, thereby instilling the principles of life-long learning
  • Promote evidence-based practice in the application of research in clinical services, and thereby adhere to the highest standards of science and efficacy
  • Participate in international study and clinical exchange opportunities in communication sciences and disorders, with a focus on the promotion of an international worldview for our profession that is inclusive of all peoples and cultures

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M.S. Degree Requirements

Required Academic Courses (33-36 Units)

The course titles below are linked to course descriptions in the university course bulletin, which specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

For graduate students who have not completed the prerequisite course in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, take:

     or

Required Clinical Practica (8 Units)

The course titles below are linked to course descriptions in the university course bulletin, which specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

Required Internships (14 Units)

The course titles below are linked to course descriptions in the university course bulletin, which specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

Optional Specializations, including AAC or Autism (15 units maximum)

The course titles below are linked to course descriptions in the university course bulletin, which specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

Culminating Experience (3-6 units)

Students may choose one of the following plans:

Plan A (3 units)

C D 884 Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders
and Master’s comprehensive written examination
(see department for limitations on repeat of failed examination or portions thereof.)

Plan B (6 units)

C D 898 Master’s Thesis in Communicative Disorders
and Oral Defense of Thesis, and
C D 884 Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders

Plan C (6 units)

SPED 895 Field Study: Special Education and
C D 884 Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders

Note: Plans B & C are recommended to individuals planning to pursue predoctoral education. In addition, completion of Plan B, thesis and oral defense, or Plan C, field study, are accepted in lieu of the master’s written comprehensive examination.

    Suggested Timelines and Sequences:

    1. Classified Grad Roadmap A: School internship in the 3rd semester (Download Grad Roadmap A)
    2. Classified Grad Roadmap B: Medical internship in the 3rd semester (Download Grad Roadmap B)

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    Proposed Schedule for Classified Students: School/Child Internship in the Fall

    Below is an example schedule for classified graduate students in the CD program who are assigned to Sequence A, that is, completing the school internship in the fall semester prior to the medical internship. Students who are choosing to specialize in AAC or autism must meet with an advisor to adapt their roadmaps accordingly. Please be advised that the additional coursework and other requirements for the specializations will add a semester to your roadmap. 

    Download Sequence A Roadmap

     

    Year 1: Fall Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    CD 701 Language Differences and Disorders in Children     3
    CD 768 Advanced Clinical Skills     3
    CD 708 Seminar in Adult Neurogenic Disorders of Language
    (From academic year 2017-18 onward, the title of this course will be Aphasia.)
        3
    ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research     3
    CD 880 +
    CD 711/713
    Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 1) + Seminar in Therapy (Must complete 3 clinics before internships)     3
      Total Units     15

     

    Year 1: Spring Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    CD 707 Advanced Seminar in Language Disorders in Children     3
    CD 709 Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders     3
    CD 710 Seminar in Dysphagia     3
    CD 756 Advanced Diagnosis of Communicative Disabilities 
    (From academic year 2017-18 onward, the title of this course will be TBI, Right Hemisphere Disorder, and Dementia.)
        3
    CD 880 +
    CD 711/713
    Advanced Communication Therapy + Seminar in Therapy
    (You can take up to 2 clinics)
    (Must complete 3 clinics before internships)
        3-6
      Total Units  15-18

     

    Year 1: Summer Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    *SPED 788 Law, Ethics and Instructional Planning     3
    CD 880 +
    CD 711/713
    Advanced Communication Therapy + Seminar in Therapy
    (You can take up to 2 clinics)
        3-6
      Total Units     6-9

     

    Year 2: Fall Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units

    CD 647 

    or

    CD 753

    Aural Rehabilitation (For the 2016-17 academic year only)

     

    Voice and Fluency (From the 2017-18 academic year onward)

        3
    *CD 715 +
    CD 725
    Pediatric Internship (Required for credential)
    Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in Schools + Student Teaching Workshop
       6-9
    (SPED 746) Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments
    (Take this course only if advised to do so)
       (3)
      Total Units    9-15

     

    Year 2: Spring Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    CD 882 +
    CD 712
    Medical/Adult Internship + Internship Workshop      4-7
    CD 706 Seminar in Counseling in CD      3
    CD 884 Advanced Diagnosis in CD       3
    (CD 898 or
    CD 895) 
    (Thesis or Field Study, if not taking Comprehensive Exam)     (3)
    (COMPS) (Comprehensive Exam, if not completing thesis or field study)    
      Total Units    10-16

     

    *Required sequence for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). 

    NOTE 1: Students must take SPED788 to satisfy the requirements for the SLP Services Credential (SLPSC). This course may be taken as an undergraduate. It is offered every semester, including summer sessions.
    NOTE 2: CD653, CD656, CD661, CD663 are strongly recommended (if not required) of graduate students with undergraduate degrees from other programs who have not completed equivalent coursework.
    NOTE 3: Students must first complete 2 semesters of CD 880 prior to enrolling in CD 884.

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    Proposed Schedule for Classified Students: Adult/Medical Internship in the Fall

    Below is an example schedule for classified graduate students in the CD program who are assigned to Sequence B, that is, completing the medical internship in the fall semester prior to the school internship. Students who are choosing to specialize in AAC or autism must meet with an advisor to adapt their roadmaps accordingly. Please be advised that the additional coursework and other requirements for the specializations will add a semester to your roadmap. 

    Download Sequence B Roadmap

    Year 1: Fall Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    CD 701 Language Differences and Disorders in Children     3
    CD 768 Advanced Clinical Skills     3
    CD 708 Seminar in Adult Neurogenic Disorders of Language
    (From academic year 2017-18 onward, the title of this course will be Aphasia.)
        3
    ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research     3
    CD 880 +
    CD 711/713
    Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 1) + Seminar in Therapy (Must complete 3 clinics before internships)     3
      Total Units     15

     

    Year 1: Spring Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    CD 707 Advanced Seminar in Language Disorders in Children     3
    CD 709 Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders     3
    CD 710 Seminar in Dysphagia     3
    CD 756 Advanced Diagnosis of Communicative Disabilities
    (From academic year 2017-18 onward, the title of this course will be TBI, Right Hemisphere Disorder, and Dementia.)
        3
    CD 880 +
    CD 711/713
    Advanced Communication Therapy + Seminar in Therapy
    (You can take up to 2 clinics)
    (Must complete 3 clinics before internships)
        3-6
      Total Units  15-18

     

    Year 1: Summer Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    *SPED 788 *Law, Ethics and Instructional Planning     *3
    CD 880 +
    CD 711/713
    Advanced Communication Therapy + Seminar in Therapy
    (You can take up to 2 clinics)
        3-6
      Total Units     6-9

     

    Year 2: Fall Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units

    CD 647 

    or

    CD 753

    Aural Rehabilitation (For the 2016-17 academic year only)

     

    Voice and Fluency (From the 2017-18 academic year onward)

        3
    CD 882 +
    CD 712
    Medical/Adult Internship + Internship Workshop
     
        7
    CD 884 Advanced Diagnosis in CD     3
      Total Units     13

     

    Year 2: Spring Schedule
    Course # Course Name Units
    CD 706 Seminar in Counseling in CD     6
    *CD 715 +
    CD 725
    *Pediatric Internship (Required for credential)
    Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in Schools + Student Teaching Workshop
        *6-9
    (CD 898 or
    CD 895)
    (Thesis or Field Study, if not taking Comprehensive Exam)     (3)
    (COMPS) (Comprehensive Exam, if not completing thesis or field study)    
    (CD 743)

    (Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
    (Take this course only if advised to do so)

       (3)
      Total Units    12-18

     

    *Required sequence for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). 
    NOTE 1: Students must take SPED788 to satisfy the requirements for the SLPSC. This course may be taken as an undergraduate. It is offered every semester, including summer sessions. 
    NOTE 2:  The school/pediatric internship and the adult internship can be taken in the reverse order (i.e., adult/medical internship in the seventh semester and the school/pediatric internship in the eighth semester). Approximately half of the students will complete their school/pediatric internships first and the other half will complete the adult/medical internship first. The two sequences are comparable. Alternatively, limited numbers of adult internships are available in the summers. 

    *Required sequence for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). SPED788 is offered every semester, including summer sessions.

    NOTE 3:  Students must first complete 2 semesters of CD 880 prior to enrolling in CD 884.

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    Advising

    There are many opportunities for advising in the CD program, including a) the mandatory orientation at the start of each semester, b) scheduled group advising during the first two weeks of each semester, and c) individual advising appointments scheduled with our Administrative Office Coordinator, Ms. Mallorie Desimone (mallorie@sfsu.edu). Each semester, all CD students must meet with an advisor to update their individualized M.S. degree roadmap. Each student and all CD Graduate Advisors have access to this roadmap in Google Doc. Students will update their student files at least once per semester with an advisor. The CD graduate advisers are:

    Dr. Laura Epstein, 415.338.1058 (lepstein@sfsu.edu)
    Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice, 415.338.7652 (psolomon@sfsu.edu)
    Dr. Betty Yu, 415.338.3429 (bettyyu@sfsu.edu)
    Dr. Marcia Raggio, 415.338.7653 (mraggio@sfsu.edu)
    Dr. Teresa Gray, 415.405.3488 (teresag@sfsu.edu)
    Dr. Gloria Soto, 415.338.1757 (gsoto@sfsu.edu)

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    A Proposed Yearly schedule of Classes

    All academic courses in the area of speech-language pathology are offered once each year. Clinical practica, student teaching, and internships are offered every semester, including summer. The academic and clinical course offerings follow a logical and carefully designed sequence of learning from beginning to advanced knowledge and skills. Every attempt is made to have each course offered during the same semester each year. When possible, the time of the course's offering is held constant. When scheduling changes are required for budgetary or personnel reasons, class conflicts are avoided if possible. Although most other programs and departments have the same scheduling approach, the CD Program can exert no influence on their decisions.

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    Seven Year Limit for Degree Completion

    Graduate students must make continuous satisfactory progress toward their degree by completing a minimum of 6 units each year, not including summer session. Departments or programs have the right to require that students complete more than the 6 units each year. Graduate students who are enrolled, but not taking courses leading to the degree, may be disenrolled by the department graduate coordinator or graduate dean. Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations requires that a master’s degree shall be completed in no more than seven years. No more than seven years may elapse from the first semester of enrollment after admission and completion of the degree requirements. This is the maximum time allowable. The petition for Extension of the 7 Year Limit requires supporting documentation. It's recommended that you download the petition form from http://grad.sfsu.edu/content/current-students/seven-year-limit-extension and request an appointment with a CD graduate advisor to assist you. This petition is a one-time only extension if granted. No further extensions will be given. 

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    Grading Policy

    Criteria for Academic and Clinical Practicum Advancement in the CD Program In order to advance in the academic and practica sequence, the student must maintain the following:
    1) Letter grade of C- or better in each graduate-level academic course, with an overall B average (3.0 GPA) for the program.
    2) Letter grade of B- or better in CD768 Advanced Clinical Skills.
    3) Letter grade of B- or better in all CD880 level clinics

    Students who do not meet the requirements above will not be allowed to advance in the academic and clinical practica sequence. The student will be required to meet with an advisor to develop a remediation plan that may include additional coursework and/or practicum experience.

    No clock hours will be counted for clinical practica that result in a grade of W (withdrew) or I (incomplete) for reasons other than faculty approved medical/emergency situations.

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    Clinical Practicum Requirements

    Students should refer to the Clinician's Handbook for complete information on the CD clinics, procedures, and requirements. The following material should be considered a supplement to the information contained in the Clinician's Handbook.

    ASHA Requirements. ASHA and the California Board of Quality Assurance requirements for clinical practice are very specific. The certification board has identified four parameters of clinic practice students need in order to be certified. They are 1) types of disorders; 2) type of intervention; 3) age; and 4) settings. The clock hours requirements for Speech-Language Pathology are listed in the Clinician's Handbook. During each semester's advising period, students should review with their adviser the number of clock hours earned and needed. A copy of the student's clinical record should be submitted to the Clinic Coordinator with the clinic requests for the following semester. These forms do not replace the semester documentation of clinical clock hours by the clinic supervisor. Each student is responsible for assuring that s/he has the minimum numbers of clock hours required by ASHA within the appropriate categories.

    University Clinical Settings. Although supervision methods may differ among supervisors and clinics, the basic forms of supervision are the same for all University clinics. These include 1) adherence to ASHA guidelines for supervision; 2) basic expectations of students; 3) methods of providing feedback; 4) evaluation forms and 5) grading policies. For more information, please refer to the Clinician's Handbook. Students violating the ASHA code of ethics (see Clinician's Handbook) are subject to removal from clinic practice and the program.

    The Communicative Disorders Clinic serves clients in all age ranges with all types of communicative disorders. Both assessments and therapy are conducted at the clinic. All students must complete a minimum of 50 clock hours in the CD Clinic. A maximum of one clinical experience from another accredited program may be substituted for one of the SFSU on-campus clinical experiences. For Speech-Language Pathology majors, the minimum 50 clock hours in the clinic does not include the aural rehabilitative experience.

    All classified graduate students who are enrolled for 8 or more units are required to take at least one clinic each semester until they are approved for the CD881, CD715 or CD882 experience requirements. The Clinic Coordinator will try to provide a variety of communicative disorders placements. Clinic will be set by time rather than category. At least one of the clinical experiences must be a group experience (2 or more clients). Enrollment in CD711, CD712, CD713, or CD725 (staffing seminar) is concurrent with each clinical experience.

    Internship/Traineeship/Student Teaching Clinical Sites. All students are required to take one clinic every semester and either two internships/ traineeships or one internship and one student teaching experience, unless their roadmap is approved by an advisor. The Communicative Disorders Program has contracted relationships with over 40 off-campus facilities.

    The following internship/traineeships are available:
    I. CD880 (2 Units/3 Semesters) Minimum of 50 On-Site hours. Clock hours are variable.
    II. CD882 (6 Units/1 Semester) + CD712 (1 unit/1 Semester).  Taken concurrently. 75 On-Site Residency Hours Minimum of 200-225 On-Site hours of which at least 125-150 are clock hours.
    III.  CD884 (3 units/1 Semester) Supervised clinical diagnosis of communicative disorders.  Clock hours are variable.
    IV. CD715 (5-8 units/1 Semester) + CD725 (1unit/1 Semester). Taken concurrently 75 On-Site Residency Hours + a minimum of 200 clock hours with minors.. Minimum of 200-225 On-Site hours of which at least 125-150 are clock hours.

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    Preparing for On-Campus Clinical Practica

    The "on-campus" clinics are those operated by the SFSU CD Clinic and supervised by the CD faculty (including ones that are not actually located on the SFSU campus). You will be placed in a total of four on-campus clinics. We offer diagnostic and therapy clinics for adults and children. Most students acquire between 80-100 clinical clock hours after completing on-campus clinics.

    Clinical practica are opportunities for you to put your knowledge to practice. Please start by downloading the Clinician's Handbook, the Client Confidentiality and Privacy Protocol, and viewing the ASHA Code of Ethics. Read them before you begin your first clinic and use them as references throughout your clinical assignments. The handbook is your ultimate guide to the clinical experience in the CD Program. 

    All student clinicians enrolled in clinical practicum on campus must pay a $35 lab fee each semester. Checks are made out to SFSU CD CLINIC and must be submitted prior to working with your client. Forms are obtained from the CD Clinic Office (Burk Hall 114) and must be submitted to the SFSU Bursar's Office prior to you starting work with your client.

    There are many forms students might use during their on-campus clinical practica. For your convenience, they are compiled here.

    Forms A (Accidental)
    A-01 Incident Report (pdf or doc) (For use by graduate student clinicians to document incidents occurring during clinic)

    Forms F (Forms for Client Files)
    F-21 Daily Therapy Log (pdf or doc) (a.k.a. SOAP Notes)
    F-22 Speech-Language-Hearing Evaluation Report (pdf or doc)
    F-22A Speech-Language-Hearing Screening Report (pdf or doc)
    F-24A Speech-Language Therapy Report (pdf or doc)
    F-25 Client Recommendations (pdf or doc)
    F-27 Statement of Understanding (pdf or doc)
    F-27S Statement of Understanding - Spanish (pdf or doc)
    F-28 Release for Exchange of Information (pdf or doc)
    F-39 Adult Client History Form (pdf or doc)
    F-40 Child Client History Form (pdf or doc)

    Forms SC (Student Clinicians)
    Correspondance Notes (pdf or doc)
    KASA Form for the Evaluation of Student Performance (pdf or doc)
    Professionalism Guide
    SC-01 Speech and Hearing Screening Checklist (pdf or doc)
    SC-03 Intended Therapy Plan (ITP) (pdf or doc)
    SC-03M Intended Therapy Plan (ITP) for Mission Head Start (pdf or doc)
    SC-06 Propose Therapy Objectives (PTO) (pdf or doc)
    SC-10 Clinical Clock Hours (pdf or doc)
    SC-10.5 Observation Clock Hours (pdf or doc)
    SC-12 Speech Language Pathology Worksheet
    SC-18 Client Interview Form (pdf or doc)
    Client Privacy and Confidentiality Policy (pdf)

    Forms HC (Hearing Conservation)
    HC-01 Client History
    HC-02 Audiogram
    HC-03 Employee Notification Report of Hearing

    Forms HS (Hearing Screening)
    HS-01 Hearing Screening Form

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    Preparing for School Internships

    Clinical internships are opportunities for you to gain advanced clinical skills in community sites under the guidance of licensed professionals. If you haven't done so already, please start by reading the Clinician's Handbook before you begin your internship.

    Clinical practicum placements must be requested one semester in advance by the posted deadline every semester (see program calendar). All student clinicians enrolled in clinical practicum on campus must pay a $35 lab fee each semester. Checks are made out to SFSU CD CLINIC and must be submitted prior to starting your internship.

    Application for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC) 

    All students applying for the Master's Degree in Communicative Disorders are also candidates for the SLPSC.  School Internship application forms are due as described in the syllabus for CD 768, Advanced Clinical Methods, taken in the fall semester of the first graduate year.  Students need to submit a complete application, which includes the following materials:

    1. Download the Student Teaching Application here
    2. Download the Credential-Approved Program (CAP) form (with totaled units) and obtain a faculty advisor's signature
    3. Backup documentation:

    Procedures for School Internship Placement

    The SFSU CD Program has established internship agreements with many schools around the Bay Area.

    The CD school internship coordinator will review the requests for off-campus placements via the on-line clinic request form process. The CD School Internship Coordinator will contact individual students for confirmation of their request, and discuss potential school sites. 

    The CD School Internship Coordinator is responsible for placement of school interns. It is the CD School Internship Coordinator's job to assure that a valid contract exists between the site and SFSU, the site is appropriate to the student's needs, and that the site supervisor is ASHA-certified in the appropriate area of supervision, holds California licensure and/or the appropriate credential. The CD School Internship Coordinator will contact prospective sites where students are desired and inform the supervisor which student(s) will be contacting them for interview(s).

    The student is NOT to contact any off-campus site until specifically instructed to do so by the CD School Internship Coordinator. Site supervisors will not interview students nor will students be assigned to a particular site until the CD School Internship Coordinator has notified that site supervisor of the students who are eligible and who will be coming for interview(s). Failure to observe this protocol may jeopardize the student's internship placement process.

    Once CD School Internship Coordinator gives you the approval, you will contact the internship site to set up an interview appointment. Prepare the following materials prior to your site interview:

    1. Resume
    2. Your cumulative clinical hours by popluation and service area (Clinical Clock Hours Tracking Sheet
    3. A sample of a clinical report you've written with the identifying information of the client deleted
    4. Proof of TB/Hepatitis clearance
    5. Current contact information

    During the interview, the student will share the materials listed above with the interviewer. After the student has been tentatively assigned to an off-campus site, she/he may be invited to observe at the site during the semester preceding the assignment. The observation will provide an opportunity for the student to meet with the supervisor and obtain preliminary information regarding the setting. It will also allow the supervisor to meet and discuss with the student the requirements the supervisor will establish.

    In addition to the on-site supervisor who will be mentoring your ongoing work at the school site, you'll also be assigned a faculty supervisor from SFSU. The faculty supervisor is also your designated faculty member when you register for CD 715. Your faculty supervisor will act as a liaison between your internship site and SFSU if any concerns were to arise during the course of the internshp for either the intern or the supervisor. He/she will also make at least one site visit to meet with both you and your on-site supervisor during the semester. The purpose of the visit is check-in with and to support both the supervisor and the intern. After the visit, the faculty supervisor will file a site visit report.

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    Preparing for Medical Internships

    Clinical internships are opportunities for you to gain advanced clinical skills in community sites under the guidance of licensed professionals. If you haven't done so already, please start by reading the Clinician's Handbook before you begin your internship.

    Clinical practicum placements must be requested one semester in advance by the posted deadline every semester (see program calendar). All student clinicians enrolled in clinical practicum on campus must pay a $35 lab fee each semester. Checks are made out to SFSU CD CLINIC and must be submitted prior to starting your internship.

    Procedures for Medical Internship Placement

    The SFSU CD Program has established internship agreements with many agencies hospitals and clinics around the Bay Area.

    The CD Medical Internship Coordinator will review the requests for off-campus placements via the on-line clinic request form process. The CD Medical Internship Coordinator will contact individual students for confirmation of their request, and discuss potential school sites. 

    The CD Medical Internship Coordinator is responsible for placement of medical interns. It is the CD Medical Internship Coordinator's job to assure that a valid contract exists between the site and SFSU, the site is appropriate to the student's needs, and that the site supervisor is ASHA-certified in the appropriate area of supervision, holds California licensure and/or the appropriate credential. The CD Medical Internship Coordinator will contact prospective sites where students are desired and inform the supervisor which student(s) will be contacting them for interview(s).

    The student is NOT to contact any off-campus site until specifically instructed to do so by the CD Medical Internship Coordinator. Site supervisors will not interview students nor will students be assigned to a particular site until the CD Medical Internship Coordinator has notified that site supervisor of the students who are eligible and who will be coming for interview(s). Failure to observe this protocol may jeopardize the student's internship placement process.

    Once the CD Medical Internship Coordinator gives you the approval, you will contact the internship site to set up an interview appointment. Prepare the following materials prior to your site interview:

    1. Resume
    2. Your cumulative clinical hours by popluation and service area (Clinical Clock Hours Tracking Sheet
    3. A sample of a clinical report you've written with the identifying information of the client deleted
    4. Proof of TB/Hepatitis clearance
    5. Current contact information
    6. Current CPR certificate (if requested by the site)
    7. Any other items requested by the internship stie

    During the interview, the student should provide the off-campus supervisor with information about experiences, current number and categories of clock hours, and specific client needs. After the student has been tentatively assigned to an off-campus site, she/he may be invited to observe at the site during the semester preceding the assignment. The observation will provide an opportunity for the student to meet with the supervisor and obtain preliminary information regarding the setting. It will also allow the supervisor to meet and discuss with the student the requirements the supervisor will establish.

    Assembling an Internship Packet

    Once your internship placement has been finalized, you must assemble an internship packet and review it with your on-site supervisor. The documents required in this packet include:

    • Site Supervisor Confirmation Letter - You will be sent a Confirmation Letter that you will give to your site supervisor. In return, your supervisor will fax a copy of his/her current ASHA Card and State License to the CD Clinic office at (415) 338-0916.
    • Memo of Important Dates - You will be sent a memo about CD Clinic meetings that you must attend during the semester. Mark your calendar for these dates and go over the dates with your supervisor to ensure that you are given the necessary release time for these mandatory on-campus meetings.
    • CD Clinic Semester Calendar
    • Intern Site Response Form/Supervisor Information - You must email the information as soon as possible to mallorie@sfsu.edu
    • Intern Data Sheet (SC-08) - Fax to the CD Clinic Office (415) 338-0916. During the semester an on-campus supervisor will use the information on the data sheet to schedule a site visit.
    • Semester Clock Hours Form (SC-10) - Review with your supervisor how your clock hours will be summarized for the semester
    • Intern Residency Hours Form (SC-09) - Review with your supervisor how your clock hours will be broken down and documented over the semester
    • Practicum Evaluation Form (KASA) - Your supervisor will submit their evaluation of your performance on one copy of this form at mid-term and another one at the end of the term. These correspond to your midterm and final grades.

    In addition to the on-site supervisor who will be mentoring your ongoing work at the school site, you'll also be assigned a faculty supervisor from SFSU. Your faculty supervisor will act as a liaison between your internship site and SFSU if any concerns were to arise during the course of the internshp for either the intern or the supervisor. He/she will also make at least one site visit to meet with both you and your on-site supervisor during the semester. The purpose of the visit is check-in with and to support both the supervisor and the intern. After the visit, the faculty supervisor will file a site visit report.

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    Clinical Clock Hours

    You might be asking, "What in the world are clinical clock hours and how I acquire them?" Clinical clock hours refer to the hours of supervised clinical experience acquired by graduate students in speech-language pathology. The three professional qualifications that the SFSU CD Program prepares its master's level students to obtain ? ASHA Certification, California Licensure, and SLP Services Credential ? each has its own (very similar) set of clock hour requirements. It's important for you to understand and keep accurate records of your clinical clock hours. This will help you monitor your progress toward degree completion, certification, and licensure.

    As you move through the program, you will gain clock hour experiences that collectively satisfy ASHA, California License, and California Credential requirements. To help you keep track of these hours, we have created a Clock Hours Tracking Spreadsheet for you to download and use . When you enter your clock hours in blue cells of the spreadsheet, they are automatically tallied and compared against the requirements you are expected to meet. In most cases, you will require the majority of your clinical clock hours across the following contexts: a) your on-campus clinics (typically 80-100 hours total), b) school & medical internships (typically 250+ hours total), c) observations hours (up to 25 hours), d) audiometry (up to 75 hours).

    » Download the CD Program Clock Hours Tracking Spreadsheet

    • ASHA Certification requires a total of 400 clinical clock hours across a variety of ages and disorders. They do not specify the breakdown of those hours, except for stating that 375 out of the 400 hours must be direct client contact (rather than clinical observation). Also, 325 out of the 400 hours must be obtained at the graduate level (rather than undergraduate).
    • California Licensing requires a total of 300 clinical clock hours (100 fewer than ASHA) in three (3) different clinical settings. Twenty-five (25) hours of the required clinical experience may be in audiology.
    • SLP Services Credential requires that the candidate complete all of the requirements for the M.S. Degree in CD at SFSU; school internship in an approved educational setting; and a Two-Year Preliminary Credential and Clear Credential.( A preliminary credential is the first credential issued after an individual meets basic credential requirements. A clear credential is issued when all credential requirements have been completed.) These requirements are met as follows:
    Credential Type Requirement 1 Requirement 2 Requirement 3
    Two-Year Preliminary Credential Meet all of the requirements for the M.S. Degree in CD Completed Live Scan Receipt (form 41-LS) N/A
    Clear Credential Obtain a passing score of 600 on the SLP Praxis 36 Week, FT RPE/CF Application (form 41-4) and processing fee

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    Applying for Graduation

    Near the end of graduate training, it is required that the student complete a series of examinations, various applications, and other paperwork. It is the student's responsibility to register for and take the Comprehensive Examinations and the Praxis II in speech-language pathology (a national exam). In addition, the student needs to complete a variety of applications and other paperwork and submit them to their graduate adviser for review. It is suggested that the student keep a copy of each form that is submitted. After the adviser reviews the documents, s/he will then forward it to the appropriate campus office or to the Program Coordinator for the required signature. A copy of each form forwarded by the program office will be copied to the student's file. Review of documents and obtaining of signatures from advisers and the Program Coordinator must be scheduled during the Fall or Spring semesters. During the summer, most faculty are not on campus nor do they hold scheduled office hours.

    To apply for graduation, you are expected to complete:

    1. The Culminating Experience Requirement
    2. Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) Form (Needs to be submitted a semester before graduation)
    3. Award of Graduate Degree form
    4. Knowledge and Skills Acquisition form
    5. ePortfolio Approval
    6. Paperwork for the CCC
    7. Paperwork for the California State License (If you intend to practice in CA)
    8. The Praxis II Examination

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    Written English Proficiency Requirement

    All graduate students are required to submit evidence of one of the following as part of the requirements for the M.S. degree in Communicative Disorders:
    1. Score of at least 3.5/6.0 on the GRE Analytical Writing Test or GMAT Analytic Writing Assessment;
    2. Score of at least 4.5/6.0 on the essay test of the paper-based [PBT] TOEFL (a minimum score of 24/30 on the Writing section of the Internet-based test [iBT] TOEFL
    3. Score of at least 6.5/9.0 on the IELTS writing test, or a concordant socre on the Pearson Test of English
    4. A passing status score of at least 220 on the CSET Writing Skills Test

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    English Examination for Foreign Students

    All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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    Praxis II Examination in Speech-Language Pathology

    All students seeking accreditation from ASHA and/or state licensure are required to take a national exam called the Educational Testing Services Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Test (test code 0330), which is offered several times each year. More information can be obtained from the SFSU Testing Center. It is recommended that students take this multiple-choice examination after they have completed their graduate courses and are preparing for the Master's Comprehensive exams. The student must request that a copy of the Praxis II results be sent to the SFSU CD Program, ASHA, CA Licensing Board, and CCTC. Based on current data, the pass rate for SFSU CD students taking the Praxis II exam is 96%.

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    Culminating Experience Requirement

    Students in programs leading to a master's degree at San Francisco State University are expected to strive for maximum competence throughout their program of study. Conferences with advisers and other professors, coursework, examinations, research reports, academic records, and other instruments should provide a pattern of evidence that a student is working successfully toward his/her academic and professional goal. Near the close of candidate's period of study for the degree, s/he is required to give a final demonstration of competence in scholarly and professional attributes. The character of the final work as exemplified by the range and quality of research, the unique correlation of available materials, the evidence of mastery of the knowledge in the field, the practical solution of a problem, or a creative achievement, must testify to the distinction of the student. The experience should be valuable to the student, and it also must be in keeping with the standards of the University. The quality of work accomplished, including the quality of writing completed, is of major importance in judging the acceptability of the culminating experience. In sum, this final culminating experience should provide visible evidence of the scholastic excellence achieved by the student which, in turn, reflects on the quality of graduate study in the major department. In accordance with Title 5 of the California Administrative Code, this culminating experience can be met by the satisfactory completion of a thesis, field study, or internship and the comprehensive examination, or in some cases a combination of more than one of these.

    Students in the Communicative Disorders program can elect any one of three combinations of culminating experiences:

    • Option 1: CD 882 (6): Internship in CD and Master's Comprehensive Examination
    • Option 2: CD 898 (3) Thesis and Oral Defense and an Elective by advisement (3)
    • Option 3: SPED 895 (3) Field Study and Oral Defense and an Elective by advisement (3)

    Students who wish to pursue doctoral studies or desire to work with faculty who are engaging in research are encouraged to discuss the thesis option with their adviser. Complete descriptions of thesis and field study requirements can be obtained from the University Graduate Division Office. The focus of this field study must be determined prior to enrollment.

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    Master's Comprehensive Examination

    These written comprehensive examinations:

    • are given each semester on the second Friday of each Fall and Spring semester in the computer lab
    • can be taken only three times
    • have a required passing grade of 75%
    • can be retaken during the same semester if only ONE portion has been failed (otherwise, the student must wait until the following semester for retake)
    • may be taken after ALL core courses have been completed with a passing grade of C– or better and the student has received approval of the graduate adviser
    • require that the student pre-registers for the exam and receives a number prior to the scheduled administration date (Note: If for any reason the student cannot take the exam on the scheduled date, the student must wait until the following semester's scheduled exam.)

    Speech-Language Pathology students:

    • are required to answer three essay questions: one on theory, one on diagnostics, and one on treatment
    • select between two questions for each of the three essays (each essay question has five sections)
    • are expected to incorporate information from required undergraduate and graduate courses in their essays
    • should review the following areas prior to the exam: adult neurogenics, fluency, voice, articulation and phonology, child/adolescent language, and speech science

    CD Faculty provide an informational session re: the Master's Comprehensive Exams each semester during the CD Program Orientation Day (on the Friday before the semester begins).

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    Master's Thesis

    The Master's Thesis offers an opportunity for students to engage in research. Students who wish to pursue doctoral studies or desire to work with faculty who are engaging in research are encouraged to discuss the thesis option with their adviser. In order to enroll in CD 898: Master's Thesis in Communicative Disorders, students must have:

    • A 3.0 GPA in all post-baccalaureate course work.
    • An approved Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) Form (formerly known as the Graduate Approved Program, or the GAP) on file with the Division of Graduate Studies. The ATC is used by the Division of Graduate Studies to verify that you’re completing all the requirement for the MS degree. The ATC form needs to be approved by a CD advisor and the Special Education Department Chair submitted to Graduate Studies no later than the semester prior to enrollment for the final 6 units of graduate work. You can download the CD Program ATC form from the Division of Graduate Studies website (http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/atc-form.htm).
    • You must have an approved Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement form also on file with the Division of Graduate Studies (downloadable at http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/culminating-experience.htm). This form is submitted a semester prior to when you will register for your Culminating Experience Course (SPED 898), in other words, a semester before when you plan to complete your thesis. The Culminating Experience Proposal describes your proposed research. It needs to be signed by a Thesis Committee of at least 2 committee members.

    The thesis committee consists of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 members

    • The chair of the committee and the 2nd member of the committee must hold tenured/tenure-track faculty appointments in your major department. A list of all the tenured/tenure-track faculty members in the Special Education Department can be found at http://www.sfsu.edu/~spedcd/fcltystff.html.
    • In circumstances where special expertise is available in another department, the Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies may authorize a designated tenured/tenure-track faculty member from a related department to serve as a 2nd member of the committee.
    • With special permission, some long-term lecturers with terminal degrees in their field or with special expertise may serve as the 2nd committee member provided that their curriculum vitae (CV) is on file in the Division of Graduate Studies.
    • A 3rd member of the committee may be from outside the department or university. A lecturer may serve as a 3rd committee member.
    • Developing and completing your thesis should be a positive experience for both you and your committee members. Approach faculty members early with whom you’re interested in working to see if they would like to sit on your committee. This gives the faculty members time to consider your request. This also give you time to identify alternate committee members if the faculty is unable to participate in your committee.
    • To officially change the composition of your committee, you must submit a Petition for GAP substitution or Committee Revision to GradStop in ADM 250. (downloadable at http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/petition-for-committee-revision.htm)  
    • Plan the timeline for your thesis completion carefully with the help of your committee members. Remember that very few faculty members are available to review your thesis drafts during summer semesters or winter sessions. If you’re working with a faculty member who is participating in the early retirement program or an emeritus professor, be sure that your work can be completed during the faculty member’s employment period with the university.

    Working on your thesis:

    • Any thesis/dissertation/research that involves human or animal subjects must be approved by the Office for the Protection of Human and Animal Subjects (the Institutional Review Board or IRB). Approval must be obtained prior to the initiation of research.
    • Once you receive approval from the Division of Graduate Studies to begin your thesis (culminating experience), you may register for SPED 898.
    • If you do not complete your thesis during the semester that you’re registered for CD 898, you will receive a grade of RP (Report in Progress) and be given a “grace semester.” When your thesis is complete, your committee members will change the RP grade to CR (Credit).
    • Once you enroll in CD 898, you are required to maintain continuous enrollment. If you do not complete your thesis within two semesters (the semester of enrollment in SPED 898 and the grace semester), then you will need to enroll through the College of Extended Learning (under “Culminating Experience Continuous Enrollment”) until you earn your degree.

    CD Faculty provide an informational session re: the Master's Thesis each semester during the CD Program Orientation Day (on the Friday before the semester begins).

    »Click here to download the Master's Thesis Guide for CD Students.

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    What are the CD ePortfolios and how can I learn to make one?

    The CD program is one of the early adopters of electronic portfolios at SFSU. Graduate students will be guided throughout the program to build ePortfolios to present their academic and professional growth and achievements. For more information about CD ePortfolios, visit the CD ePortfolio page at http://cddemo.efolioworld.com/cdeport.

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    Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA)

    Students keep track of their attainment of ASHA standards using the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form. (Note: Adjust your print settings to landscape before printing this form.) It summarizes a student's acquisition of the knowledge and skills delineated in the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Entries are made only upon acquisition of the knowledge or skill; thus the KASA is not an evaluation, but only a record that a particular knowledge or skill has been acquired.

    1. The ASHA Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) encourages programs to use the KASA to demonstrate compliance with accreditation standards related to preparing students to meet ASHA certification requirements. However, programs may develop other documents to verify student's acquisition of knowledge and skills.
    2. For academic programs and students wishing to use the KASA as a tracking document, indicate with a check mark in Column B whether each knowledge and skill was achieved. If a particular knowledge or skill was acquired through work completed in a specific course or courses, the title and number of the course(s) should be entered in Column C. If the knowledge or skills were acquired in clinical practicum, enter the title and number of the practicum in Column D. If the knowledge or skill was acquired through course work and/or clinical practicum, and/or lab or research activities, there should be entries in all of the applicable columns: C, D, and/or E.
    3. Students and programs using the KASA are advised to keep a copy in a safe place, should they need to provide information at a later date (e.g., upon application for reinstatement).
    4. CFCC encourages programs and students to periodically review the KASA (or other tracking documents developed by the program) to assist students in determining knowledge and skills already acquired and those yet to be attained.

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    Advancement to Candidacy (ATC)

    Graduate students must be enrolled in the term in which they apply for the degree. Graduate Division deadlines are posted. An ATC should be filed with the College of Education Graduate Coordinator Office at least one semester prior to the last anticipated semester of enrollment. Access the ATC form from the Division of Graduate Studies. The ATC form will be issued to the student only if:

    1. The student is classified, and
    2. The student has completed at least eighteen semester units, no later than the semester before graduating.
    3. The form must be filled out online (not hand-written)
    4. The form must be approved by an academic advisor and the Department Chair.
    5. The form must be accompanied by a copy of the student's transcript, and proof of fulfillment of Written English Proficiency requirement.

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    Licensure for California State

    The State of California requires audiologists and speech-language pathologists to acquire a license to practice in all settings except federal facilities. Practicing without a license constitutes a misdemeanor that is punishable by fine. When applying for ASHA certification, it is also recommended that an application for the license be submitted simultaneously. A license (or SLPSC in the public school setting) is needed to supervise students at all sites in California if those students wish to use the clinical clock hours as part of their requirements for the license.

    The application for licensure is available on the website for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Examining Committee in Sacramento. The step-by-step process for completing the CA licensure application is as follows:

    1. Go to the website for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board in Sacramento and download the licensure forms.
    2. Fill out a copy of the form titled SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST.
    3. Make an appointment with the CD Program Coordinator. The CD office wil make a copy of the form to be placed in your student file.
    4. Sign the form in blue ink.
    5. The university will send the original to the Sacramento office.
    6. Please refer to the Checklist included in the downloaded packet for further instructions.
    7. Please note that the State of California requires notification of your Required Professional Experience setting and supervisor BEFORE you begin employment. It is illegal to begin your RPE without permission in writing from the State Office.

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    Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential

    General Information. Students intending to practice speech-language pathology in the public schools are encouraged to acquire the appropriate speech-language pathology services credentials. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) is responsible for determining the appropriate requirements for the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology in the public schools. Students should be aware that changes in credential requirements are determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, not the Communicative Disorders Program. Basic questions regarding credentials can be answered by your adviser. More complex questions should be addressed to the College of Education Credentials Office (338-1758) or directly to the CCTC office in Sacramento (916) 263-2666. Selected coursework at SFSU meets the requirements set forth by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). 

    Pre-Approval for Student Teaching Experience. All students applying for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC) must apply to the Department of Special Education during the semester immediately prior (Spring semester internship applications are due September 28; Fall semester internship applications are due February 28) for the student teaching experience (CD715 + CD725).  A completed Student Teaching Application must be turned in.  It includes the following:

    1. Credential Approved Program (CAP) form
    2. Passing the CBEST
    3. TB test and results
    4. Certificate of Clearance application and fee

    Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC): Language, Speech & Hearing. The appropriate credential for an itinerant speech-language pathologist is the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in Language, Speech & Hearing. In order to obtain the preliminary credential, the student needs to have completed all requirements for the master's degree. Additional requirements are as follows:
    1. Pass the CBEST prior to approval for the student teaching experience.
    2. CD715 Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in the School
    3. CD725 Student Teaching Workshop: Communication Handicapped
    4. SPED788 Law, Ethics and Instructional Planning

    Once the requirements are completed, an application will be submitted online on your behalf by the Credentials Department.  

    To obtain the clear SLPSC, the candidate may apply directly to the Commission and must verify:
    1. Passing score (currently 600) on the Educational Testing Services Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Test (test code 0330), and
    2. Completion of a 36-week, full-time, mentored clinical experience or equivalent supervised practicum (commonly known as the Clinical Fellowship [CF]). Verification of completion may be on one of the following forms:

    • Required Professional Experience (Form 77V-21) from the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board
    • Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship and Rating Report Form from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

    » Read the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Guide to the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential

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    ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence

    Because the SFSU CD program is certified by the Council of Academic Affairs (CAA), graduates are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Although not a legal requirement, ASHA certification is recognized by employers throughout the nation as a symbol of professional training and competence, particularly for speech-language pathologists. To obtain the CCC, ASHA requires that, after graduation, the individual undergo a 9-month full-time clinical fellowship (CF) experience, in which he or she is employed while being supervised by someone who holds ASHA certification. Upon completion of the CF experience, coupled with state licensure, the individual can practice independently.

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    Job Announcements

    Many employers target new CD graduates looking for Clinical Fellowships. Job announcements received by the CD Program are disseminated on the job announcement page and posted on the NSSLHA Facebook Page.

     

    Procedures for Complaint Against Graduate Education Program

    A complaint may be made to the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) about any accredited program or program in candidacy status may be submitted by any individual(s).

    Complaints about programs must meet all of the following criteria:

    1. be against an accredited graduate education program or program in candidacy status in audiology or speech-language pathology;
    2. relate to the Standards for Accreditation of Entry-Level Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology [PDF], including the relationship of the complaint to the accreditation standards;
    3. be clearly described, including the specific nature of the charge and the data to support the charge;
    4. be within the timelines specified below:
    • if the complaint is being filed by a graduate or former student, or a former faculty or staff member, the complaint must be filed within one year of separation* from the program, even if the conduct occurred more than 4 years prior to the date of filing the complaint;
    • if the complaint is being filed by a current student or faculty member, the complaint must be filed as soon as possible, but no longer than 4 years after the date the conduct occurred;
    • if the complaint is being filed by other complainants, the conduct must have occurred at least in part within 4 years prior to the date the complaint is filed. 

    *Note: For graduates, former students, or former faculty or staff filing a complaint, the date of separation should be the date on which the individual was no longer considered a student in or employee of the graduate program (i.e., graduation, resignation, official notice of withdrawal or termination), and after any institutional grievance or other review processes have been concluded.

    Complaints also must meet the following submission requirements:

    1. include verification, if the complaint is from a student or faculty/instructional staff member, that the complainant exhausted all pertinent institutional grievance and review mechanisms before submitting a complaint to the CAA;
    2. include the complainant’s name, address, and telephone contact information and the complainant’s relationship to the program in order for the Accreditation Office staff to verify the source of the information;
    3. be signed and submitted in writing via U.S. mail, overnight courier, or hand delivery—not via e-mail or as a facsimile—to:

    Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2200 Research Boulevard, #310 Rockville, MD 20850

    The complainant’s burden of proof is a preponderance, or greater weight, of the evidence. These procedures do not prevent the CAA from considering a complaint against an accredited or candidate program if the program is involved in litigation or other actions by a third party.

    For more information, see the ASHA website re: complaints

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