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-Languages 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.

Academic And Clinical Practicum Requirements

Undergraduate courses from related areas:  
Psychology 361 Developmental Psychology (3) 
Special Ed 371 Exceptional Individual (3) 
The following courses are required for the SLPSC, but may also be used for the partial fulfillment of requirements for the M.A. Degree.  
HCOM 490 Seminar: Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools (2) 
HCOM 564 Autism Spectrum Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology (3)

Clinical Practicum Requirements

  • HCOM 458 Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language Disorders in Children (3)
  • HCOM 468 Audiology Practicum (1)
  • HCOM 485 Aural Rehabilitation Practicum (1)
  • HCOM 489A Public School Practicum in Communicative Disorders (4)
  • HCOM 558A Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language Disorders in Adults (3)
  • HCOM 558C Clinical Practicum: Communicative Disorders and Differences in Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds (3)
  • HCOM 559A Advanced Clinical Practicum: Communicative Disorders (3)

Certification In Communicative Disorders

The Communicative Disorders program is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech- Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech - Language-Hearing 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 M.A. Degree in speech-language pathology, (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-Language- Hearing Association. All students should be familiar with the requirements for the CCC-SLP. 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 Credentials In Communicative Disorders

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 & 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 pre- scribed practicum courses listed under program rquirements 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 the Board.

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 SPAEC at the following address and telephone number if you have questions:

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