Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology

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The speech-language pathology curriculum is designed to train competent, culturally sensitive speech-language pathologists who can appreciate and understand the importance of research in clinical practice. In order to accomplish this goal, a multitude of academic and clinical experiences are provided to the students, under the direction of skilled instructors, clinical researchers and supervisors both on and off campus. The development of clinical skills requires academic knowledge, the ability to understand and engage in research, and a sensitivity to clients' needs, values and cultures.

The CD Program curriculum includes all academic and clinical experiences necessary for American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certification in speech-language pathology, State of California Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, and the State of California license to practice speech-language pathology. Students are required to complete all academic courses. The practice of speech-language pathology in the state of California requires a license issued by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Examining Committee Medical Board of California. Exempted settings are public schools and federal facilities. The academic and clinical requirements for the state license are similar to those of ASHA requirements in speech-language pathology.

Academic courses totalling 33-36 units are required for the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. Clinical practica total 9 units. Internships range from 15 to 19 units based on the number of experiences necessary for the student to obtain the 375 clinical clock hours plus 25 observation hours required for ASHA certification and California state licensure. Students who wish to specialize in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or autism can take up to 15 additional units. Students should plan to complete these requirements over a minimum of 5 semesters, which includes a summer session. 

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Required Academic Courses (33-36 Units)

Detailed course descriptions are available in the university course bulletin, which also specifies course prerequisites, and units. Please see http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/courses/c_d/

  • CD701 Language Difference and Disorders in Children
  • CD705 Seminar in Aural Rehabilitation
  • CD706 Counseling in Communicative Disorders
  • CD707 Advanced Seminar in Language Disorders in Children
  • CD708 Neurogenic Disorders of Language
  • CD709 Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders
  • CD710 Seminar in Dysphagia
  • CD756 Advanced Diagnosis of Communicative Disabilities
  • CD768 Advanced Clinical Skills
  • ISED797 Seminar in Educational Research
  • SPED788 Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning

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

  • SPED743 Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

     or

  • SPED746: Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments

Required Clinical Practica (8 Units)

Detailed course descriptions are available in the university course bulletin, which also specifies course prerequisites, and units. Please see http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/courses/c_d/

  • CD711 Seminar in Therapy for Functional Communicative Disorders (Take once with CD 880 child clinic = 1 unit)
  • CD713 Seminar in Therapy for Organic Communicative Disorders (Take once with CD 880 adult clinic = 1 unit)
  • CD880 Advanced Communication Therapy (repeat a minimum of three times @ 2 units each time = 6 units) 

Required Internships (14 Units)

Detailed course descriptions are available in the university course bulletin, which also specifies course prerequisites, and units. Please see http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/courses/c_d/

    • CD712 Medical Internship Seminar: Communicative Disabilities (1 unit, if available) (Concurrent with CD882)
    • CD715 Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in the School (6 units)
    • CD725 Student Teaching Workshop: Communication Disabilities (1 unit) (Concurrent with CD715)
    • CD882 Internship in Communicative Disorders (6 units)

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

    Detailed course descriptions are available in the university course bulletin, which also specifies course prerequisites, and units. Please see http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/courses/c_d/

      • SPED 743 Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication
      • SPED 746 Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments
      • SPED 791 Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders
      • SPED 794 Communication, Socialization and Imagination: Autism
      • SPED 825 Behavior and Instructional Supports: Autism

      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)

        » More about the graduate program: The CD Graduate Student Handbook