Extended Learning offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech- Language Pathology (SLP) that provides foundational coursework necessary for application to graduate programs that lead to a career in speech-language pathology. Students who earn this Bachelor of Science in SLP will be eligible to apply to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology*. The program will provide students with a broad education, covering content related to speech, language, communication, and cognitive and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. It will build important foundational skills in professional oral and written communication, evidence-based practice, and cultural sensitivity. As the coursework has both breadth and depth in related fields, the Bachelors degree can lead to careers in related fields including communication, counseling, general education, health, human development, rehabilitation, social service, and special education.
This Masters level program will prepare candidates for the professional practice of Speech-Language Pathology. The coursework and practicum experiences that comprise this degree enable candidates to simultaneously obtain the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree, fulfill the academic requirements for the American- Speech Language Hearing Associations (ASHA) membership and certification (CCC), the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements for obtaining the Speech Language Pathology Services Preliminary Credential and apply for a temporary state licensure through the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAB).
To be admitted to this Masters program, a candidate must show evidence of successful completion of prerequisite courses in Speech and Language Sciences or Communicative Sciences and Disorders. After earning this Master of Science degree, in order to earn their permanent state license, speech-language pathology clear credential and national certification, candidates must (a) pass the National Exam (PRAXIS), and (b) complete the clinical fellowship year (CFY). The Masters program in speech language pathology at CSUSM holds Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech- Language and Hearing Association.
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