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Master of Arts in Education, Option in Communicative Sciences & Disorders

The MA in Education degree with the Option in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program will prepare San Diego area students for practice in the field of speech-language pathology. This program has a focus on practice in the public schools, but will prepare individuals to practice across the entire scope of the field. Graduate students will develop skills and knowledge in all aspects of practice related to:

  • Assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan with a broad array of communication and swallowing disorders, including: articulation, phonological, fluency, voice, motor speech, language, dysphagia and cognitive-linguistic disorders.
  • Response-to-Intervention and Relationship-based Intervention approaches to treating individuals with communication disorders.
  • Counseling, augmentative communication and aural rehabilitation
  • Evidenced-based practice in the field

Fall 2014 Admissions Timeline:

Priority Application deadline: January 17, 2014*
Notification for Interviews:
February 19, 2014
Admissions Notifications:
March 7, 2014
Welcome Mixer: March 24, 2014
Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15, 2014
Orientation: May 8, 2014 

*See important notes below

"To enter this career, one must have a sincere interest in helping people, an above average intellectual aptitude, and the sensitivity, personal warmth, and perspective to be able to interact with the person who has a communication problem. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance, and persistence are necessary, as well as resourcefulness and imagination. Other essential traits include a commitment to work cooperatively with others and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing."

Free Information Sessions

CSUSM San Marcos Campus 

Extended Learning periodically hosts Information Sessions/Meet & Greet for prospective and current students in the San Diego region. The Information sessions are a chance for current student to meet with the faculty and advisors for the MA in Education degree with the Option in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program. It is also a great opportunity for prospective students to find out more about the program and to talk with current students. Dr. Sue Moineau and Jay Franklin are available for questions during this time. 

Next Sessions: 

Date: April 7, 2014
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: CSUSM, FCB 106


Date: May 5, 2014
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: CSUSM, FCB 106



  • Cohort based program with a new cohort beginning each Fall
  • 75-unit program designed to be completed in 5 consecutive semesters (including summer term)
  • Program is geared toward practice in the public schools while ensuring competencies for the full scope of the profession
  • Program offers specialty clinics to maximize student exposure to speech language pathology
  • Includes 400 hours of supervised hours in speech language pathology in community based practice to prepare participants for their career
  • After successfully completing all of these components, the candidate will be eligible for state licensure, CTC credentialing and ASHA certification.

Congratulations to Ashley Wright and Kelsey Johnson for their work in the CSUSM Research Contest!


Research Contest

A cohort is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic degree. Because they are accepted into the same program, take their classes together, and graduate together, students in cohorts tend to form a strong support system and professional network that benefit them during their degree program and beyond.

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The Communicative Sciences and Disorders Masters program in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University San Marcos is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years." The program is also approved by the California Council of Teacher Credentials (CCTC). Graduates are eligible for a California Speech Language Pathology Services Credential, a California state license in Speech-Language Pathology, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.

*Important Notes:  Do not apply to the University; please apply directly to the School of Education through Extended Learning (see How to Apply). Applicants must be available for live interviews. Applicants notified of acceptance will be given a deadline by which they must accept. If no response is received by that deadline, the seat will be given to the next person on the wait list.

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