Effective Practice in High Needs School Districts: Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Craniofacial Anomalies
The California State University San Marcos Department of Speech-Language Pathology training grant addresses the state and national shortage of school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) qualified to provide services to children in high need public school districts. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and has a special emphasis on training graduate students for enhanced practice with children who experience low-incidence communication disorders (CDIS) arising from craniofacial anomalies (CFA).
This innovative specialization prepares SLPs to:
The project will prepare SLPs to respond to the communication needs of all children, with an emphasis on those from diverse backgrounds. Grant recipients will be trained in a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective on the educational needs and care of public school children from underrepresented populations.
The project is a 12-unit ‘add-on’ spread across the second year of the existing master’s
program with an additional summer session of specialized application and practice
in the area of CFA. The traditional master’s program is designed for completion in
five consecutive semesters. The additional summer session will not delay graduate
and will be completed while students await their temporary license and preliminary
credential. The project extends this to six semesters, including an additional summer
session. The 12 units of specialized content covers cutting edge techniques in the
assessment and intervention of articulation, language/literacy, resonance, and dentistry
and feeding in children with CFA, including the use of instrumentation and imaging
and the collaboration with General and Special Education, Otolaryngology, Social Work/Psychology,
Students selected to participate in the training grant will receive funding in the second year of their master’s program. This includes: partial tuition reimbursement for courses in the traditional master of science program, full tuition for the 12-unit add-on of specialized study, and a stipend that can assist with tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, and/or miscellaneous personal expenses, and/or room and board. In addition, students selected will receive membership in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and a travel stipend to attend the ACPA annual meeting in the Spring of their second year. Upon graduating with the master’s degree, grant recipients will commit to full-time employment working with infants, toddlers and children who receive special education, related services, or early intervention for a minimum of 51% of their caseload for two years.
The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) training program has numerous requirements that participants must meet for eligibility and participation. Please read the requirements carefully to ensure that you understand the expectations.
The selection process for this project will occur as students are admitted into the
graduate program. All applications for the program are scored by committee.
Only applicants accepted to the master’s program will be eligible to participate in the grant.
GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS DURING MS SLP PROGRAM
SERVICE OBLIGATION POST M.S. SLP GRADUATION
STIPEND PAYBACK REQUIREMENTS
If the training grant recipient does not satisfactorily complete all academic and clinical requirements for the M.S. degree or does not fulfill the service obligation through eligible employment, he/she must repay the stipend/reimbursement support with interest and possible additional collection costs.