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Cal State San Marcos Announces New M.A. in Education Program

~ Communicative Sciences and Disorders Program Prepares K-12 Teachers ~

June 8, 2010

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has announced the launch of a new Master’s of Arts in Education with an Option in Communicative Sciences and Disorders that will prepare students for practice in the field of speech-language pathology.

The new program, which was approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and is In-Candidacy with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is designed to provide graduate students with the skills and knowledge in practice related to the assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan with a broad array of communication and swallowing disorders. The unique program is geared toward practice in the public schools.

The program, offered by the College of Education in partnership with Extended Learning, will begin its first cohort of students this fall semester, and is accepting applications online through July 1, 2010. Admitted students will enroll for a total of 75 units over five semesters, including 400 hours of supervised community based practice in speech language pathology. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for state licensure, CTC credentialing and ASHA certification.

"We are very pleased and excited that the Communicative Sciences and Disorders program is moving forward,” says College of Education’s Interim Dean Patricia Prado-Olmos. “The in-candidacy award for five years allows us to start the program and prepare highly skilled speech-language pathologists to work in our partner public schools and fill a tremendous need. Dr. Moineau and her team have worked long and hard to design a program based on the most current practices in the field with a strong component of program evaluation and improvement.”
"There is currently a significant shortage of speech-language pathologists to service the children with communication disorders in our public schools,” says Dr. Suzanne Moineau, director of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders program. “Our program is fairly unique in that our clinical training will be completely community-based -- affording graduate students the opportunity to practice in the public schools and in clinical settings from their first experiences. We are looking for students who represent the diversity in our local community, wish to serve the local community and are passionate about helping children become effective communicators.”

For more information about the M.A. in Education with an Option in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, please visit or call (760) 750-4020.