Program Special Features
The Communicative Disorders Program has been accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 1969. Students meet the requirements for clinical certification and state licensure in speech-language pathology by obtaining the M.A. degree, clinical practicum training, a satisfactory score on a national examination, and completion of a clinical fellowship year.
All of our faculty are specialists in communicative disorders, and many are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and professional service. The faculty’s first priority, however, is its students - teaching and providing guidance.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic functions as a non-profit CSUF Foundation agency, offering speech and hearing services for persons with communicative disorders. In addition to the campus clinic, there is an off-campus clinical program for graduate students that involves experiences in over thirty hospitals, clinics, rehabilitative agencies, schools, and private practices. The primary objectives of our clinics are to provide opportunities for teaching, service, and research. Students gain the needed clinical experience by enrolling in a series of clinical practica, depending upon the professional objective.
Speech-language pathologists are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of communicative disorders. They work in a variety of settings including public schools; clinics and agencies; private practice; and hospitals of various types, including acute, rehabilitation, psychiatric and extended care hospitals. They work with communicative disorders of all types. Many of these disorders occur in children with developmental problems. Speech-language pathologists also work with communicative and swallowing disorders that result from certain illnesses and injuries. While most speech-language pathologists decide to work directly with people who have communicative disorders, some teach in colleges or universities, conduct research and work as administrators. Others develop products and devices that are useful for people with communicative disorders or for speech-language pathologists. Opportunities exist in every sector of the United States, and there are challenging opportunities in many parts of the world.