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SLPA Admissions Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SLPA Program, applicants must

  1. Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Communication Disorders and Sciences or Speech-Language Pathology with a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Locate and submit for approval the name of a California licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who will serve as the student's supervisor and provide information about the site where the supervised clinical fieldwork hours will take place.
  3. Complete a statement of purpose (SOP)
    • Describe what unique qualities you will bring to working with clients with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
    • Discuss your background, including languages other than English that you are able to understand, speak, read, and write at a proficient level to conduct therapy.
    • SOP should be limited to no more than 500 words, double-spaced, 12-point type, and standard font (either Times New Roman or Calibri). Upload should be Word or PDF file formats only.
  4. 2-minute video response

          Recording Options for Video Submittal

Option 1: Using your cell phone and YouTube - Use the recording software on your cell phone to record your response. When finished, you will upload this file to YouTube. Make sure the setting on YouTube enables the video to be viewed by other (i.e., make sure the URL is accessible). Please account for the amount of time that it will take to upload the video. Check the recording to make sure it is working before submitting.

Option 2: Using Zoom and YouTube: This method requires both a webcam/microphone and a YouTube account. Create a free Zoom account here: https://www.zoom.us. Click on "Host a Meeting - With Video On." Then click "Join Audio by Computer." Before you start, be sure the microphone and video are both working in the lower left corner of the Zoom program. When you are ready, click "Record," and end by clicking "Stop Recording." You will then click "End Meeting for All." Your recording will automatically be saved on your computer. Locate the file titled "zoom_0." You will upload this file to YouTube. The same caution applies with respect to the amount of time needed to upload.    

Further instructions on how to record a video for your application can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK-BTDy-Qvw

Video Prompt               

  • Give a concrete example of an interaction with someone from a different background than your own where your beliefs or stereotypes were challenged. What did you learn from that experience and how will you use it in your work as a SLPA?
  • This video should be an authentic account which is the sharing of a true account. As such, the story should be shared in a conversational manner and should not be read.

NOTICE TO STUDENTS re: PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

 

 Contact the SLPA coordinator, Rachel Nortz, M.A., CCC/SLP with questions rnortz@csusm.edu or 760-750-7381