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

Undergraduate Program

The primary goal of the undergraduate program is to provide our students with a broad education in normal and disordered processes of speech, language, hearing and swallowing. This goal has the following objectives:

  • Provide our students with an understanding of normal development in speech, hearing, language, swallowing and communication
  • Provide our students with an understanding of the genetic, cultural, neurological, physiological, psychological, and socioeconomic factors which can disrupt normal development in speech, hearing, language, swallowing, and communication
  • Prepare students for professional graduate training as speech-language pathologists.

The sequence of undergraduate courses (about 57 units) is from normal processes to disordered processes, and finally, to assessment/management of children, adolescents, and adults with speech, language and/or swallowing disorders.

The only undergraduate internship practicum offered by the SLP department at CSULB is CD 462: Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Practicum
  • It is an elective 3-unit course.
  • Department or instructor’s consent is required to enroll.
  • It is based on seat avialability
  • Prerequisite: At least 33 units in Speech-Language Pathology completed with a grade of "B" or better is required to apply for CD 462.
  • This is a course offered for students interested in receiving a license to work as a SLPA. Weekly lecturers covering the laws, practices and ethics governing SLPAs and 100 hours of supervised undergraduate clinical practicum. Credit/no credit grading only. Course fee may be required. Please see catalog for more information.
  • Possible practicum sites include, but are not limited, to the followings:  CSULB on campus clinic, Joseph B. Jr. and Mary Anne O'Neal Stroke Center (Carson Stroke Center), Tichenor Orthopedic Clinic for children, school districts (e.g., ABCUSD, Long Beach USD, Huntington Beach UHSD, Garden Grove USD) and private practices (e.g., Children’s Speech Care Center, Speech Pathology Associates, Sounds Smart Speech Therapy)