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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Graduate Program

 

The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology Program at California State University Long Beach is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

 

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The primary purpose of CSULB’s Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program is to prepare students as professional speech-language pathologists. The program’s objectives are to provide our students with:

  • Advanced knowledge of research and clinical literature in speech-language pathology
  • Knowledge of procedures and methods for the assessment of speech-language pathology
  • Knowledge of procedures for the management of speech-language pathology
  • 400 clinical contact hours with individuals with communicative disorders
  • Clinical externship experience in a school and/or medical setting
  • Coursework and clinical hours required for Clinical Rehabilitation Service Credential: Language Speech and Hearing
  • Coursework and clinical contact hours for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Laboratory experiences in basic and applied research
  • A strong background in advanced clinical and research studies

The Department maintains a speech-language clinic where students are trained to apply clinical methods and procedures learned through graduate coursework. Each of our clinic rooms has audio and visual monitoring equipment for direct supervision and guidance during clinical practice. There are five disorder-specific speech-language clinics that provide students with clinical practice in the following areas:

  • Child Speech-Language Disorders
  • Adult Speech-Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients
  • Other Communication Disorders

In addition, graduate students have the opportunity to obtain clinical experience in a variety of schools and/or medical facilities in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.


TYPES OF GRADUATE PROGRAMS

The department has two graduate programs, both offering a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in speech-language pathology.  Both programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

1. Traditional M.A. Program (State-Funded Program)

This program admits students annually for admission in the following fall semester. The application cycle for the Traditional M.A. program is currently open.

2. Special Cohort Program (Self-Support Program)

The Special Cohort Program is suspended for the academic year 2017-2018 and the department will NOT be accepting applications.

For a comparison of similarities and differences between these two programs, please see the comparison chart.

CLINICAL PRATICUM INFORMATION

 

Clinical Practicum Information

A. On-Campus Clinical Practicum

Overview:

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at CSULB offers five on-campus clinical courses, including

  • 669A Clinical Practice – Child-Adolescent Speech and Language Clinic
  • 669B Clinical Practice – Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • 669H Clinical Practice-Special Programs
  • 669J Clinical Practice - Adult Speech and Language Clinic
  • 669L Clinical Practice with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients

Setting:

All on-campus clinical courses take place at the CSULB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic (1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840) and are supervised by full-time or part-time faculty members in the SLP department. The clinic operates from Monday to Saturday with various time slots and the aforementioned clinics offered. The clinic secretary or clinic director arranges students to clinics 3-4 months in advance of the semester.

Requirements:

The student is eligible to enroll in a clinical course if he/she

What to expect:

No minimum clinic clock hours are required or guaranteed for each clinic. Students may collect 60 or more direct clinic clock hours in each clinic upon successful completion. Client and clinician absences will affect the number of clinic clock hours accumulated each semester. All direct contact hours are supervised and verified by the supervisor. The supervisor will also evaluate the student’s clinic performance.

Methods of enrolling in a clinic course:

Each student must receive a permit issued by the Department of Speech-Language Pathology to enroll in a clinic course. Course fee may be required.

Contact information:

  • Clinic Secretaries: Verenice Orozco & Annie Courtemarche

Phone: (562) 985-4583; Email: csulb.clinic@gmail.com

  • Clinic Director: Carolyn Conway Madding, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

B. Off-Campus Clinical Practicum

Overview:

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at CSULB offers two off-campus internships, including

  • CD 670 Medical Internship in Speech and Language Pathology
  • CD 686A Public School Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology.

The internships take place off-campus at various sites and require various hour commitments per week (e.g., 3 days/week or 5 days/week depending on the contracted placement). One full-time faculty member in the SLP department is in charge of each internship practicum.

Settings:

The student will be placed only at a site with an official, current and valid contract between the facility and CSULB. Potential internship sites include acute hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practices, or nonprofit organizations for medical internship, and public schools in Los Angeles and Orange Counties for school internship. The internship coordinator will assist the student in finding the internship placement and will request an application from the student. The coordinator of the internship site may request a phone or in-person interview and additional supplemental materials to determine the student’s qualifications. Students may not locate or arrange for their own placement.

Requirements:

The student is eligible to enroll in an internship course if he/she

What to expect:

A minimum 100 clinic clock hours is required for the school internship, and a minimum of 150 clinic clocks hours is required for the medical internship. The student is expected to follow all regulations and meet additional requirements at the internship site. All direct contact hours are supervised and verified by the field supervisor (master clinician) at the internship site. The field supervisor (master clinician) and the internship coordinator will evaluate the student’s clinic performance.

Methods of enrolling in an off-campus internship:

Each student must receive a permit issued by the Department of Speech-Language Pathology to enroll in an internship course. Course fee may be required.

Contact information:

  • School internship coordinator: Alaine Ocampo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Medical internship coordinator: Pei-Fang Hung, Ph.D., CCC-SLP



ADMISSIONS

In order to apply, prior to the first semester of graduate enrollment, applicants must have either:

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in communicative disorders, speech-language pathology, speech and hearing sciences, etc., or

2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than Speech-Language Pathology. The applicant must have at least 30 units of course work in speech-language pathology/communicative disorders as a matriculated student in an undergraduate program or master’s preparatory program from a university with accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) before enrollment in the graduate program.

 

Note: Students who do not meet the above requirement are not eligible to apply and will not be accepted.

  • The application materials for the Traditional MA Program (2017-2018 academic term) will be available on October 1, 2016
  • Application materials for the Traditional Program (2017-2018 academic term) are due no later than January 15, 2017.

 

University Application

CSU Mentor Application

December 15, 2016

GRE Scores (sent directly from ETS)

January 15, 2017

Official Transcripts

January 15, 2017

Department Application

Department Application Packet

January 15, 2017

 

Admission is based on:

    • Grade point average of the last 60 undergraduate units,
    • Grade point average in speech-language pathology coursework,
    • Relevant clinical or educational experience (you must also provide references to corroborate any stated experience)
    • GRE scores

Note: Acceptance to CSULB’s SLP graduate programs is highly competitive. Average GPA for admission ranges from 3.65 – 4.0 (for both cumulative and SLP specific coursework). The department does not require a minimum GRE score, but GRE scores are one of the factors used in admission decisions. Letters of Recommendation are not required or accepted.



DEPARTMENT ADVISING

Due to the large volume of applications per year, the department is not able to offer individualized advising to program applicants. If you have additional questions, please e-mail the department at csulb.cd.ccpe@gmail.com or call us at (562) 985-2920.