The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has about 70 undergraduate students and about 95 students in various stages of the graduate program. We have a University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic which sees about 60 adults and children for diagnosis and therapy each quarter (we are on the quarter system). We offer the M.S. in speech-language pathology. We do not have a graduate program in audiology.
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology Program Description
The Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology is offered in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. The objective of this program is the professional preparation of each student, academically and clinically, for state licensure, clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the credential as a public school Speech, Language and Hearing Specialist.
Speech-language pathology and audiology are the professions which help adults and children overcome disabilities of speech, language and hearing.
This program has developed a reputation for rigorous and balanced professional training. The master's degree program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Cal State East Bay will:
1.demonstrate competency in assessing and treating individuals with a variety of communicative disorders, and assist in integrating them in their communities;
2.self-evaluate their clinical skills;
3.recognize the need for additional information and be able to conduct clinical research, especially in the area of clinical outcomes;
4.prepare competently written professional communications (evaluations, therapy notes, summaries, and written correspondence);
5.behave according to ethical professions and standards, recognize and respect the limits of their professional preparation, and work effectively with other professionals.
Students who complete the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology are eligible for ASHA certification, California state licensure, and in most cases the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings which include hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, community speech and hearing clinics, public schools, and private practice.
Clinical experiences are a key component in preparing students for licensure. The department operates the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, an on-campus facility that provides clinical services to speech, language, and hearing impaired individuals from Bay Area communities. Students who are enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology master's program are able to observe, receive training, and do research in this fully-equipped facility. Additional clinical training is received in off-site placements and internships in settings that meet each student's interests and training requirements including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, and clinics. In order to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to the practice of speech-language pathology, including the ability to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of client care, students must demonstrate skills and attributes in five skill areas: academic performance, written language, oral communication, hearing, and interpersonal management. Prior to entering clinic, students will pass an essential functions evaluation of skills necessary to be an effective clinician. The evaluation will include a screening of students' speech, oral-written language, and hearing.
The university is WASC accredited. The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.