Preliminary Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential In Language, Speech, and Hearing

Speech pathologists who wish to practice in the public school setting are required to obtain an M.A. Degree in Communicative Disorders and the Preliminary Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in Language, Speech, and Hearing (SLPSC), which they may declare as an objective when they apply for admission to the graduate program. The credential may also be declared as an objective at a later time as long as the student has maintained continuous enrollment in the graduate program. After the student leaves the graduate program, re-admission is required in order to fulfill requirements for the credential. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that students complete the credential while working on the M.A. Degree unless they are absolutely certain that they will not later wish to work in the public schools.

In order to obtain the SLPSC, students must earn the M.A. Degree in Communicative Disorders. In addition, they must meet requirements that are somewhat more specific than those for the M.A. Degree alone. These requirements are listed below.

The required courses and clinical practice for the SLPSC must be completed with a grade-point average of 2.50, and at least a “C” (2.0) must be earned for each course and practicum. In the case of credit/no credit grades for certain clinical practicum courses, the student must earn a credit. Students are required to complete clinical clock hours according to the requirements of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Some of the clinical clock hours must be in audiology and aural rehabilitation. In addition, 100 of the supervised clock hours must be completed at a school site or its equivalent. The hours must be supervised in all cases by persons holding the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and the appropriate state license. The supervisor of the public school practicum must also hold the Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential or a Clear Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential.

If equivalences have been granted for a clinical practicum that was completed at another university, appropriate documentation of clinical clock hours completed at the other institution must be provided to the Communicative Disorders Program so that it can be placed in the student's clinical practicum file.

Finally, the student must demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing through passing the University Examination in Writing Proficiency (EWP) and through obtaining a “C” (2.0) or better in Human Comm 300 Introduction to Research in Speech Communication. Alternatively, the student may demonstrate reading and writing proficiency by obtaining a “C” (2.0) or better in Human Comm 500, Research in Speech Communication. Students must also pass the CBEST Exam prior to entering the credential program. The Credential Coordinator should be contacted by the students early in their program to review requirements and give further information on the requirements for the credential.

To obtain a Clear Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in Language, Speech, and Hearing, graduates must: a) have obtained the preliminary credential; b) pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology; c) complete a Required Professional Experience (RPE) for the California license in speech-language pathology and/or a Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence; and d) apply directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Certification, Licensure, and Credentials In Communicative Disorders

Certification

The Communicative Disorders program is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Association (ASHA). Graduate study in this program leads to certification in speech-language pathology with ASHA (CCC-SLP).

The CCC-SLP is awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to persons who (a) complete the MA Degree in speech-language pathology (Praxis), (b) complete the required clinical practica by taking prescribed combinations of clinical practicum courses, (c) pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology, (d) successfully complete a Clinical Fellowship Year, and (e) submit the appropriate application materials to the American Speech-Hearing-Association. Contact ASHA at the following address and telephone number if you have questions:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Certification Department
2200 Research Boulevard, #313
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Telephone (301) 296-5700

Licensure

The speech-language pathology license is required to work as a speech-language pathologist in all settings in California except for the public school and in certain exempt federal employment settings. The license is awarded by the Speech-Language Pathology, and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of California to those who (a) complete the M.A. Degree in speech-language pathology, (b) complete the required clinical practicum by taking prescribed practicum courses listed under program requirements for the M.A. (c) pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (Praxis), (d) successfully complete a Required Professional Experience (RPE), and (e) submit the appropriate application materials to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing And Dispensers Board of California.

Although students will have met or exceeded the academic and clinical practicum requirements for licensure in California by the time they complete their M.A. degree and the last of the clinical practicum courses that are required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (ASHA), they should still become familiar with the specific requirements for licensure during their last year of graduate studies. Contact the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board at the following address and telephone number if you have questions:

Speech-Language Pathology And Audiology and Hearing
Aid Dispensers Board Examining Committee
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Telephone (916) 263-2666